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South West Regional Spatial Strategy (No. 2)

EDM number 2337 in 2007-08, proposed by Martin Horwood on 23/10/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Environmental protection, Housing supply and Regional planning and development.

That this House has no confidence in a South West Regional Spatial Strategy that allows the prioritisation of greenfield over brownfield sites, that is based on outdated projections of both housing market and economic growth, that takes no account of purpose built accommodation for students, that does not recognise the environmental constraints on development and has in effect simply implemented national policies and ignored widespread local opposition from across the region and from all parties and none and from parishes to parliament; notes that hon. Members have had no opportunity to debate specific details of the Strategy with Ministers or in regional select committees and were denied speaking rights at the formal examination of the strategy in public; further notes the specific threat to long-established Green Belt surrounding Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Bournemouth and Poole; further notes that while Ministers have repeatedly claimed that it is for local authorities to take the lead on the implementation of the Strategy, in practice they are powerless to stop developers already applying to develop greenfield sites and citing the site-specific maps in the Strategy in their defence; and calls on the Government to abandon the South West Regional Spatial Strategy or to urgently revise it to reflect democratically expressed local views, the environmental limits of development and the need to prioritise the development of brownfield sites before greenfield sites by reintroducing the sequential test.

This motion has been signed by a total of 22 MPs.

Martin Horwood23/10/2008CheltenhamLiberal DemocratProposed
Steve Webb23/10/2008NorthavonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Annette Brooke23/10/2008Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSeconded
David Heath23/10/2008Somerton & FromeLiberal DemocratSeconded
Julia Goldsworthy23/10/2008Falmouth and CamborneLiberal DemocratSeconded
Don Foster23/10/2008BathLiberal DemocratSeconded
Adrian Sanders23/10/2008TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey23/10/2008North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George23/10/2008St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Jeremy Browne23/10/2008TauntonLiberal DemocratSigned
Dan Rogerson23/10/2008North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Breed27/10/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
James Gray28/10/2008North WiltshireConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock28/10/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
John Leech28/10/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Williams28/10/2008Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Hunter28/10/2008CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Hemming30/10/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Vincent Cable03/11/2008TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Harry Cohen06/11/2008Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Edward Davey06/11/2008Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Jo Swinson10/11/2008East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned

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