‘Strategic Shrinking’ of Green Belt

‘Strategic Shrinking’ of Green Belt

The Green Belt is reviewed by Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) as part of the development of their Local Plans. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has reported that there is currently a plan to build 460,000 on land soon to be released form the Green Belt or designated within new Local Plans.

The CPRE have confirmed out of all those houses proposed only 27% will be affordable housing. The CPRE has increasing concerns as development keeps eroding on the protected countryside. The CPRE stated that LPA’s have enough Brownfield land to accommodate 72,000 new homes so there is ‘no reason for them not to be prioritising brownfield development’.

Many LPA’s have faced increased housing targets as a result of the new method for calculating housing since the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) last month.

The CPRE want to stop the development of low-density, unaffordable housing. Tom Fyans, director of campaigns and policy at the CPRE has said that “The affordable housing crisis must be addressed with increasing urgency, while acknowledging that far from providing the solution, building on the green belt only serves to entrench the issue.”

9 August 2018

2018-08-09T12:23:46+00:00