Calls for a new suburb to be built in Chessington to help solve London’s housing crisis should be resisted if they mean sacrificing green belt land, a councillor has said.

The new town would need improved transport links like the proposed Crossrail 2, a report by business group London First said, though development of “enhanced densities” would depend on community backing.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson should review whether green belt land could be used for housing in future, the report said.

Chessington south councillor Patricia Bamford, lead member for better homes, said: “I do recognise the need for more affordable homes.

"The Chessington area will become much more popular should we be able to get Crossrail here.

“I can understand their interest but I would resist any building on the green belt.”

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