Letters – We must protect our greenbelt

Dear Editor,

Yesterday, a letter published yesterday from Sheila Spencer attacked UKIP over the issue of housing. Ms Spencer seemed to advocate the building of hundreds of thousands of homes, presumably on our precious greenbelt.

Currently more than 6,000 homes are planned each month to be built on our countryside.

UKIP would plan to incentivise back into the market the 700,000 empty homes which lie shamefully across the country. Why plan to build even more houses when we have nearly three quarters of a million standing empty?

UKIP would also change planning rules to make it easier to build on Brownfield sites instead of Greenfield sites. Central government would have the ability to list nationally available Brownfield sites for development and issue low interest bonds to enable decontamination – this would raise £5bn to fund our Brownfield revitalisation programme.

These plans alone would stop the development of the concrete jungle that our political class seem so intent on creating, and develop a sustainable low cost housing solution, creating a fairer society for all.


Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

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