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Green Belt Is Safe Under Us Says Tory Mouthpiece In Telegraph

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The Green Belt will be safe for another five years under a Conservative Government, David Cameron will pledge next week.

The Prime Minister and Tory leader will say that the protected greenfield land around towns and cities will not get any smaller in its manifesto next week.

The manifesto, details of which have bene seen by The Daily Telegraph, will commit a Conservative Government to "prioritise brownfield development”.

It will say: “We will ensure that local people have more control over planning and protect the Green Belt. We will encourage more neighbourhood planning and protect the Green Belt.

“Neighbourhood planning gives more power to local people, allowing them to play a much stronger role in shaping their areas.”

The manifesto will highlight the 1,400 communities, representing six million people, have now applied to draw up the plans to set out where development can take place. It will say: “We will encourage more communities to draw up such plans.”

One party source saidthe party's message next week will be: “The countryside is safe under the Tories. The Conservatives want to be the champions of the countryside.”

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Good move by the Tories to try and sway marginal rural / semi-rural constituencies. That's where their campaign will be won or lost.

Not so good for anyone under about 50 who may want to be able to afford a home anytime soon though.

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