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Solihull's green spaces 'not under threat' say MPs

THE borough’s MPs have played down claims that changes to planning law will threaten the borough’s green spaces.

THE borough’s MPs have played down claims that changes to planning law will threaten the borough’s green spaces.

Last week, the Government announced legislation which would see a radical overhaul of current regulations.

There are already concerns that the changes will put growth and commercial interests ahead of conservation.

But Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “My understanding of the Localism Bill is that it will give local people more power to object

“With nationwide schemes like HS2, it’s likely that the business case will be a major consideration.

“But I don’t think that will be the case for developments at local level.”

And Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, also argued that people would get their say.

“ We will give local communities the power to protect green spaces that mean so much to them,” she said.

 

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