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Council urged to stop building on Bromley's green belt land

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 25 May 2017

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The CPRE is launching a London-wide campaign

Campaigners have hit out at Bromley council “largely failing” to seek out alternatives to building on protected land.

In a report published by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the council was identified as one of those using green belt and metropolitan open land - which has the same levels of protection as the green belt - “mainly to provide for new and expanding schools”.

In December the council approved a two-storey extension at Edgebury Primary, despite the extension being on green belt land. It also approved plans for Langley Park Primary in Beckenham dependent on the the council getting the land re-designated so building work can get underway.

In exceptional circumstances, protected land can be reclassified so building work can be permitted.

But CPRE claims the council has “largely failed to look for alternative” spaces.

Campaigner Alice Roberts said: “There are alternatives such as redeveloping derelict buildings to save space and create schools. We would encourage them to develop within the existing sites, rather than looking elsewhere.”

Bromley council said only a “very small proportion of land” had been re-designated.

A spokesperson said: “In order to address the requirements set by national policy and the London plan it includes proposals to re-designate a very small proportion of land for particular uses including education. Changes to open space designations have only been proposed where all other alternatives and options have been explored and in the case of green belt, where exceptional circumstances exist.”

Protected land is designed to prevent urban sprawl.

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