Craig Tracey MP Welcomes Government Cash Boost to Crackdown on Illegal Development in North Warwickshire’s Greenbelt

Craig Tracey MP is delighted that North Warwickshire is set to benefit from a £50,0000 share of nearly £2 million to crack down on illegal developments on the local green belt. 


North Warwickshire will be able to use the new money to deal with illegal developments such as unauthorised encampments. Speaking at the annual RESI Convention in Newport on 12 September, the Housing Minister, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, announced that 37 councils, including North Warwickshire, would be receiving a total of up to £50,000 each to help with the clampdown.


The Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP said:


“The funding announced today will help councils like North Warwickshire be vigilant against rogue developers, giving the areas with the highest levels of Green Belt the funds needed to throw the book at those who build illegally.”


Craig Tracey MP said:


“Because two thirds of the Borough lies within the greenbelt, North Warwickshire Borough Council has to work hard to protect our precious countryside against illegal development.  I am very pleased that the Government has recognised this and given the Council their support. I know that this issue is close to many local residents’ hearts.”


Conservative reforms to the national planning rulebook last year maintained the strong protections on the Green Belt, which protect an area’s character and prevent urban sprawl. Only in exceptional circumstances can land in the Green Belt be built on.