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Livingstone and government pledge over Green Belt land

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London mayor Ken Livingstone has joined government in rejecting proposals from the Roya Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to build on the Green Belt. Livingstone warned against 'urban sprawl and the erosion of the capital's vital green spaces'.

The Town and Country Planning Association said Green Belts should become 'eco-parks', brimming with farms and horticulture businesses tha help feed neighbouring towns. The RTPI said las week that Green Belt rules should be relaxed.

Ron Tate, an RTPI planning policy head, told the AJ he hoped to gain regional support for change and lobby the government, but it has refused to change the rules. RIBA vice-presiden for sustainable development Peter Smith said there were huge chunks of land between Green Belts that could be built upon and these could be designated 'grey areas'.

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