Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Green Is Going

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Green Is Going

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Byline: Naomi Paylor

Two Tees Valley councils are among the worst in the country for destroying the countryside to make way for new housing developments, according to a new report.

The report claims Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland councils have allowed too many low density developments on greenfield sites.

The analysis of Government data by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) named the two Tees Valley local authorities in the bottom tenth of all performers.

Jan Arger, regional spokeswoman for the CPRE, said allowing more developments to be built on greenfield sites will lead to the deterioration of town centres.

She highlighted certain areas including the ongoing development on green land in Ingleby Barwick, as well as the proposed Coatham Enclosure project in Redcar.

"No-one will want to build on brownfield sites any more as it costs more to clean up," she said.

"This doesn't bode well for people living in the towns as no money will be going into the improvement and development of their communities. …

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