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2/1/2000

From Mr David Wilson


Building in green belt

The Times

Sir, It was refreshing to see Tony Blair's Performance and Innovation Unit proposing that the green belt should be relaxed and farmland freed for development (leading article, December 11). At last the anti-development hysteria that has logjammed new ideas in town planning has been tackled
head-on.

Green belts should no longer be regarded as sacred cows in a rural pasture in which no development is allowed. Those surrounding our cities have slowly been turned into brown belts, often consisting of lifeless fields, poisoned ditches and
fly-tipping areas.

They have become a landscape stripped of wild flowers, butterflies, birds and animals, ruled over by ruthless crop sprayers, chemical-pesticide companies and a small coterie of rich landowners, no longer serving the public interest.

Town planners should be producing new ideas for settlements for the 21st century along private and public transport corridors around which new growth points could flourish.

If there is to be an urban renaissance, the Government must designate a well balanced spread of sustainable growth points around our cities for the benefit of coming generations.

Yours sincerely,
DAVID WILSON
(Managing Director), City Renaissance Limited,
109 Paramount Court,
University Street, WC1E 6JW.

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