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Lib Dems warn Boris over Chessington green belt suburb proposals
Kingston Liberal Democrat politicians have called on the Mayor of London to oppose suggestions by business leaders for a new suburb in Chessington.
The recommendations, outlined by business group London First earlier this month, call for tens of thousands of new homes to be built on green belt land within London.
The new suburb would be served by train expansion through the planned Crossrail 2 scheme, the group said.
Edward Davey started a Facebook group today called: "Say no to 70,000 homes in Chessington".
Kingston Council leader Liz Green said: “We call on Boris [Johnson] to reject the recommendations that suggest building on our green belt.
“We fight to keep some green and open space within Kingston. We already don’t have that much.”
At the launch of London First’s report, Home Truths, deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakemore stated his support for its recommendations, which include calls for a review of whether green belt land could be used for housing.
But Mr Johnson told the Comet this week: “You don’t have to do this on green belt. My plan is to develop only on brownfield sites.
“Crossrail 2 will make a huge difference.”
Home Truths also recommended boroughs use compulsory purchase powers to reclaim land for housing.
Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey said a new suburb would “put intolerable strain on our roads and local services.”
He added: “The authors of these reports can't have ever been to Chessington because if they had, they would have realised how daft and damaging these proposals would be.”
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