Protect the greenbelt from development

Many Scottish cities have significantly under-developed, brownfield sites. Edinburgh's old breweries are a particular example, where development has been partial, and now appears to have stalled. Anyone driving through Glasgow will see multiple empty sites, or semi-derelict buildings very close to the city centre. Whilst these sites exist there is no excuse or reason to build on the greenbelt, which should be protected by law. The councils should register under-developed city sites, and only when all of these have been filled should developed on virgin land be allowed. 

Why the contribution is important

The greenbelt benefits us and enriches our environment, for both humans and other species. Under-developed city sights are a blight on our cities, particularly Glasgow, and prioritising the development of such areas will enhance the city. Building on the greenbelt by definition creates more traffic (as such areas are not within walking distance of shops or places of work) and encourages wasteful planning policies. 

by CPennington on February 07, 2016 at 08:47PM

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  • Posted by SeanieRW February 16, 2016 at 12:56

    Greenbelt policies have some benefits but can also have negative impacts, including increased commuting and traffic, as protecting Greenbelt can displace development to greenfield land further away. Development will also inevitably be concentrated where there is demand, which isn't necessarily where brownfield sites are.
  • Posted by motherofdragons February 17, 2016 at 16:19

    I think we should not be considering green belts as places to building housing estates. what is the point if people think they will submit a proposal for house building on the off chance that they 'might just get away with it'. Green belts should not be considered for house building in my opinion and I feel that we should be looking to salvage brown belt areas for this purpose, thereby fulfilling the need for houses and removing the brown scars on our towns etc.
  • Posted by Celestewc February 19, 2016 at 16:59

    Once green belt is destroyed it will never be green again. That in itself is a good reason to protect it.
  • Posted by bwrichard February 19, 2016 at 22:25

    Totally agree with motherofdragons and Celestewc - green belts were established for a reason, and there is a glut of brownfield sites that could be used instead.
  • Posted by switcheroo February 22, 2016 at 18:03

    Brownfield sites cost significantly more to develop on and in many cases are not even suitable for that purpose.

    Greenbelts are a fine idea in theory, but one that should not be treated as gospel. Greenbelts should be modifiable (added to and reduced from) as and when required to assist with sustainable economic development, while still recognising the important role they play in many cases.
  • Posted by Portyhome February 29, 2016 at 11:37

    Greenbelts should be protected at all costs.
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