LGP News - Green Party backs local protestors
|Green Party backs local protestors|
|Thu, Feb 21, 2008|
Spokespersons for Leicestershire Green Party backed local protestors in their fight against the proposed government pilot development.
Green party spokesperson Barney Smith said:
"In their submission to the City Council's Development Plan the Leicester Green Party made their policy clear;
'Use financial incentives to encourage re-use of old buildings and previously used sites, rather than building on greenfield sites.'
"The current proposals exemplify a consistent refusal to use existing resources.
"By being located away from any major public transport routes and being close to Leicester, this development is likely to generate large volumes of road transport on existing congested routes. Car-based developments are irresponsible given the increasing financial and environmental cost of oil production. We need to be looking at developments that facilitate more sustainable methods of transport."
Green party councillor Matt Follett added:
"This proposed development will generate huge land value increases for the current land-owner and it is not clear that these will be returned to the community (as in true New Towns) to pay for the cost of schools and other public facilities
"The green party welcomes the building of houses with high fuel and material conservation values, but we believe that this should and indeed could easily be how all new urban and rural developments are built if only the government took sustainable planning regulations seriously."