PM says he will protect our vital green belt

Mar 5, 2021

At Prime Minister’s Questions on March 3rd, 2021, Boris Johnson was asked whether he would support Dudley Council and its Mayor, Andy Street in their drive to reduce building on the green belt. His response seemed to suggest his support for building on brownfield land across the country.

The question came from Mike Wood, Conservative MP for Dudley South. He asked: “Mr Speaker – The Prime Minister will know from his time working in the Black Country how important our green spaces and Green Belt are. Will he make sure that Dudley Council and our Mayor Andy Street have the powers and the resources they need to ensure development is on brownfield rather than valuable green spaces, and make sure that local people’s voices are clearly heard and taken into account including where the proposed development is across local authority borders like in the surrounding Green Belt in Dudley South?”

The Prime Minister replied: “Indeed, Mr Speaker, we will protect or green belt, our vital green belt, and which constitutes, I think,12.4% of our land, but we can build our homes, as my Right Honourable friend rightly suggests, 300,000 of them on brownfield sites across the country”.

The question and answer can be seen on BBC iPlayer, 13mins 55secs into Prime Minister’s Questions from March 3rd 2021.

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