Green councillor questions loss of greenfield land

Green Councillor Steve Burgess has criticised the potential loss of green belt land in the new draft Edinburgh Local Development Plan.  He said: “This report to Planning Committee today says we will need to release some green belt land. However, there is a considerable amount of brownfield land which has been undeveloped and that should be explored first.

“We need housing but it should be on brownfield sites and others within the urban area before we start picking away at the land on the green belt. The green belt has served Edinburgh very well and prevented a continuous urban sprawl.

“The Leith Docks area hasn’t been confirmed for renewables yet and our point is we shouldn’t cut into the green belt until necessary.”

The full report is in the Edinburgh Evening News.