10 SEP 2014

DCLG Questions: Costal Communities and Planning

In Questions to the Department for Communities Local Government, I asked what support the Government is giving to help costal communities like Dover and Deal.

Charlie: May I welcome the massive support the Department has given to coastal communities like mine in Dover and Deal, and the great backing to high streets, of which Deal's is officially and definitively the best in the country?

Penny Mordaunt: I congratulate my hon. Friend and his constituents on what they have managed to secure themselves in terms of on local growth. Deal is a fantastic example of a thriving high street, which I myself visited only a few weeks ago. It is already award winning, but I wish it good luck in the great British high street contest, which it has entered. I look forward to visiting Betteshanger park sustainable energy centre, which has secured £2.5 million of coastal communities funding to bring together business, education, heritage, green technology and tourism.

I also asked about what protections we can have to protect the greenbelt from develooment.

Charlie: Will the Minister confirm that the national planning policy framework has provisions that protect the green belt from developers and people like Mr Sheerman who would like to build all over it?

Brandon Lewis (Minister of State for Communities and Local Government): My hon. Friend is right, and I intend soon to issue additional guidance to reiterate the protection that the national planning policy framework provides to the green belt and other designated areas. That will make it clear that local planners should seek to meet their objectively assessed needs, unless there are specific environmental and other policies in the framework—such as those on the green belt—which indicate that development should be restricted.

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Charlie Elphicke

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal. I hope to be re-elected to serve our community for another term. 

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Please email me at charlie@elphicke.com or ring my office on 01304 379669 if you need to get in touch.

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