MP for Windsor
Working Hard For You
LOCAL Column: Sunday, 03 October 2010

I’ve often felt that our beautiful area is under constant threat from insensitive over-development. The volume of letters, emails and phone calls I receive on the subject seems to confirm the suspicion.

So I’m delighted to hear that the Secretary of State has confirmed new planning regulations in the Royal Borough which will help maintain the rural character of two Green Belt sites in Wraysbury.

Last year, the Council agreed to impose measures that meant anyone wanting to erect a fence or wall on a plot in Coppice Field or Thamesfield would have to apply to the council for planning permission. Whilst a step in the right direction, these measures needed confirmation from the Secretary of State for them to be deemed permanent; that confirmation was received by the council last week.

This is fantastic news for all those who work so hard to stop over-development and unlawful behaviour in planning applications. So I want to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the many active residents, local councillors and, in particular, Su Burrows, of Wraysbury. She’s done a fantastic job on behalf of residents and continues the fight to protect Green Belt land in the borough.

We’re fortunate to live in a lovely part of the country, with such an active community. Let’s continue the fight to keep it that way!