Green belt means green belt, say Saltford campaigners

November 05 2018

Campaigners in Saltford are preparing to battle to protect green-belt land around the village as Bath and North East Somerset draws up plans for future house-building.

Members of Saltford Environment Group have launched a campaign to counter any attempts to earmark nine sites around the village for development.

The sites have been listed in the council’s Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment, which will be considered as part of the Local Plan at a later stage.

But members of SEG are rallying residents to defend the green-belt land following their AGM, when members backed the launch of a new campaign.

A spokesperson for the group said: “In the discussion we reminded members that more than anyone else, it is local communities like those in Saltford and Keynsham who live with and understand the real value of the landscape functions provided by their green belt and agricultural land.

“It should be for local people and their local planning authority to determine where new housing should be located – and this is the planning policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) yet developers constantly challenge the local decision-making process.”

As well as mobilising villagers to respond to consultations on the local plan, SEG is also hoping to encourage Keynsham residents to lobby their councillors on protecting land between the two communities.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the green-belt campaign can visit www.saltfordenvironmentgroup.org.uk or the group’s Facebook page.