Protection of the Countryside — 27 Jan 1998

I beg to move,

That this House deplores the recent decisions by the Government to allow large-scale development in the countryside; is deeply concerned that the protection of the green belt and green spaces may be further weakened by the Government in the future; and urges the Government to strengthen protection for the countryside, while encouraging the renewal of towns and cities, by increasing the share of new housing which is built on previously developed land.

I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:

"recognises that it was a Labour Government that created the planning system which has done so much to protect the countryside and promote sustainable development; welcomes the Government's continued commitment to protecting the countryside, including green belts, and to regenerating towns and cities; recognises that the Government is shortly to announce its decisions on the way forward on planning for housing; is confident that the interests of all citizens, both the 80 per cent. and more who live in towns and cities, and those living in the countryside, will be considered; welcomes the importance that the Government attaches to revitalising towns and cities and making the best possible use of brownfield sites and existing buildings to meet housing demand; and believes that the regional planning conferences should be given greater say in reaching decisions on the most sustainable solutions for providing decent homes in line with the Government's recently announced policy for modernising the planning system and using regional planning to find integrated solutions to the problems of economic development, housing and transport.".

That came as a bit of a surprise to those of us who had read the revelations in the previous Friday's Local Government Chronicle about the Government's plans for local government.

Question put accordingly, That the original words stand part of the Question:--

The House divided: Ayes 178, Noes 297.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 135 (+2 tell)084.6%
DUP0 1050.0%
Lab297 (+2 tell) 0071.7%
LDem0 38082.6%
PC0 1025.0%
UUP0 3030.0%
Total:297 178074.7%

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