Protecting our outstandingly beautiful greenspaces has been something I have been committed to since elected as MP for Leigh. There is a very clear need for more affordable homes in our area, but this should not come at the dire expense of our greenbelt. Over the past few years, Wigan Council, in conjunction with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, have attempted to build on our greenfield sites under their delayed GMSF (now known as the Places for Everyone) plan. There is a clear housing shortage across our area, but I will oppose any damaging plans to develop on our greenspaces, instead opting for a 'brownfield first' strategy.
Since being elected to as MP for Leigh, James has frequently fought against the GMSF plan that would seek not only to over-develop on our precious greenspaces, but also would see countless families move to the Leigh constituency without the necessary infrastructure in place to support them, such as the lack of rail connectivity and the risk of further congestion in our area. James continues to raise his concerns over these developments and has been frequently supporting constituents in fighting against greenbelt development.
For further information on what James is doing to help protect our greenbelt, you can see some news articles below.