Is this true? Not in Elmbridge it isn’t. Nor is it true that the Liberal Democrats or the Residents’ parties plan to build these houses. Yet this is a claim the local Tories have made in their manifesto.
Don’t be taken in by Tory “fake news” on the Green Belt. They have claimed that the current Lib Dem/Residents coalition administration is proposing to build over 5,000 homes on the Green Belt, and that this was opposed by the Conservatives. This statement is utterly untrue. An intentional untrue statement is a lie.
The facts are:
- The Conservatives voted for the Strategic Options consulted on last year which were unanimously agreed by the whole Council, including all the Conservative councillors.
- The Conservative national government requires the borough to plan for the building of up to 12,000 extra homes in Elmbridge.
- The Conservatives might be in breach of electoral law and have been reported by the Elmbridge Returning Officer to the Electoral Commission, the police and the Conservative’s election agent for grossly misleading residents.
Elmbridge Borough Council has not produced any specific proposals in relation to the local plan and there has been no vote in the Council on building on the Green Belt for the Conservatives to have opposed it.
The national government demanded that Elmbridge Borough follow a consultation process and this process was unanimously agreed by all parties in the full council in December 2016: all the Conservative councillors; all the Liberal Democrat councillors; and, all the Residents’ parties’ councillors.
All councillors agreed that only by acting together can we defend the people of Elmbridge against this onslaught from the Conservative national government.
To this end the leaders of all three parties on the Council wrote to the Secretary of State with a common position protesting against the national government’s proposals.
Liberal Democrat and Residents Association Councillors continue to oppose development on the Green Belt and continue to lobby and protest to the Conservative national government against its proposals for house building.