Fears houses could be built on green belt around Bath and north east Somerset
Developers could be allowed to build houses on green belt land around Bath and north east Somerset as a political row rages over the area’s planning blueprint.
The local authority has faced a struggle in getting its core strategy approved after a Government inspector questioned exactly how many new homes the district would need over the next 14 years.
Liberal Democrat-controlled Bath and North East Somerset Council is blaming the set back on the opposition Conservatives, who last year refused to pass a proposal for contingency housing sites.
The fact that B&NES does not have a core strategy at the moment, because the process has been paused while the housing situation is resolved, means there is a risk that new development in the green belt could be approved by a planning inspector.
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Councillor Sarah Bevan (Lib Dem, Peasedown) said she was now concerned that her rural ward could be under threat and accused Tories of playing politics.
This week the Conservatives responded angrily to the Lib Dems’ accusations and pointed the finger of blame back at the ruling group.
Councillor Geoff Ward (Con, Bathavon North), the shadow cabinet member for homes and planning, said it was “plainly ludicrous” to suggest that Conservative councillors had put the green belt at risk.