Peer backs campaign to keep land green

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A BARONESS has thrown her support behind a campaign to stop homes being built in Portsmouth.

Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Kathryn Parminter visited the city to support Keep Milton Green.

Campaigners want to prevent 100 homes being built on on the former site of St James’ Hospital.

Baroness Parminter was in the city to meet Portsmouth South Lib Dem candidate Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

She said: ‘I’m happy to give my backing to the Keep Milton Green campaign.’

Cllr Vernon-Jackson added: ‘I’m so glad the Baroness is lending her support for the Keep Milton Green campaign.

‘It was really good to show her around the St James’ site and discuss the wildlife that resides there.’

Baroness Parminer has an interest in the environment and animal rights. She is vice-president of the RSCPA.

Last week Portsmouth City Council approved a proposal by Tory deputy leader Cllr Luke Stubbs and Ukip’s Cllr Steve Hastings to look into buying the land.

The authority will now look into whether or not buying it for £8.25m is feasible.

The Lib Dems instead want the council to buy Milton Harbour School site for £3.25m.