Preserving our cherished green belt

I am determined to continue to protect Orpington's green and leafy areas from overdevelopment. This area is unique, combining the best of Kent with the best of London. In Orpington we have the quality of life and wonderful countryside of the north Downs, alongside the convenience and commercial opportunities that come from close proximity to central London. The best of both worlds must not be allowed to become a suburban sprawl.

I continue to fight to protect the green belt from arbitrary housing targets imposed by central government and closely monitor local planning applications which endanger the unique appeal of our area. I have written to the Planning Inspectorate on many occasions and will continue to make preserving the special environment of this area a real priority.

Photograph shows Jo Johnson with Dr James Cooper of the Woodland Trust.