Brockworth greenbelt at risk for 'no good reason' say experts
GREENBELT land in Brockworth is at risk for "no good reason", experts say.
Open fields in the village will disappear if plans to build 1,500 houses get the go-ahead.
But the Campaign to Protect Rural England's (CPRE) Gloucestershire branch says there is enough land stock already available for building elsewhere.
Vice chairman Richard Lloyd said: "Once it's gone, greenbelt can never be rescued and the frustrating point here is that it's destruction isn't necessary.
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There are other areas of the city and surrounding area which are available for building homes on now."
Hunter Page Planning has submitted a planning application to Tewkesbury Borough Council for the Perrybrook estate and it has been backed "in principal" by Gloucester council officers.
But the Joint Core Strategy, which will set out land for housing, is still being worked on by Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough councils.
CPRE Gloucestershire says the application should be turned down as it would be premature to approve the release of further land for housing before the strategy is approved.
Mr Lloyd said: "Government policy is to require local authorities to have a five year supply of housing land.
"Functionally Brockworth can be considered part of Gloucester where the city council are in the comfortable position of having over seven years supply.
"This planning application at Brockworth is premature and should be refused."
Councillor Mike Hobden from campaign group Save Brockworth Greenbelt said: "We are pleased they have spoken out.
"It's good to get support from a large organisation that is fighting the same battle we are."