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We have objected strongly to the proposal in Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s core strategy to demote the special landscape designation of green belt on the west side of Reigate in Surrey.

The society, with many other objectors such as Save Reigate’s Green Belt, opposes the plan to redesignate as Sustainable Urban Extension the area to the west of Clayhall Lane and Park Lane, which is currently designated as an Area of Great Landscape Value.

This is an area of immense natural beauty, much enjoyed by walkers and riders.  It is criss-crossed by public paths, some of them official, others permissive—but all of them popular.

The land adjoins Priory Park, an important and valued open space; together these areas provide a green lung and also act as a buffer, places where one can find beauty and tranquillity, increasingly vital in today’s pressured society.

Park Lane, a narrow route with great character, cannot accommodate additional traffic which would be generated by any further development here.

We have called on the council to remove the proposed area from the Sustainable Urban Extension designation and to give it permanent protection from development.

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