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Vince Cable backs green belt development

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development

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Vince Cable has said that local authorities are "absolutely right" to allow housebuilding on green belt land.

Speaking last night, the business secretary claimed that the housing crisis currently gripping the country could be partly resolved by allowing green belt development - provided it is done in the "proper way".

Asked about Cambridge City Council's recent decision to allow 430 homes to be built on the city's green belt, the minister defended the move and said: "If it's done in a planned, organised way, as Cambridge proposes to do it, as I would suggest and my party suggests to do it, through new garden cities across the country.

"If it's done in a proper way that protects recreational land and places of beauty, with proper amenities, then this is something that should be encouraged."

Cable added: "We need additional supply. We've got just over 100,000 a year. We probably need three times that, certainly two times that."

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