New research from The Strategic Land Group (SLG) has raised questions around the ability of North West councils to meet housing targets without using Green Belt land.
Reviewing green belt boundaries as part of the local plan process should only take place in exceptional circumstances – but this ‘strategic shrinking’ of the green belt is as ‘harmful’ as building on it, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
Plans to build 460,000 homes on land released from the green belt will not help young families get on to the property ladder, say campaigners.
Developers made proposals for 35,000 homes in protected parts of England in 2017
The Mayor of London should build affordable housing in poor quality areas of the capital's Green Belt, a new report has argued. The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry mapped the ‘brownspace’ – derelict and underdeveloped land within the Metropolitan Green Belt in London – and found more than 800 acres which could be built on.
The Mayor of London has vowed to protect the Green Belt as he unveils his plans to alleviate the capital’s housing crisis by more than doubling the number of new homes built each year.
Sadiq Khan said his draft London Plan, which is due to be launched on Wednesday, will safeguard “the lungs of the capital”. He has also pledged to increase the city’s green cover to more than 50pc by 2050.
Leeds City Council’s development plan panel will be asked to consider proposals to protect 33 housing sites in green belt areas of the city tomorrow as part of amendments to the Site Allocations Plan.
Chancellor Philip Hammond wants to use this year’s Budget to free up green belt land for housing, but Prime Minister Theresa May is resisting his calls.
LOCAL authorities in Birmingham and Coventry are being urged to relax restrictions on greenbelt land amid fears that demands for new commercial warehousing might not be met.
Property experts have said a new 500,000 sq ft unit – such as those demanded by the likes of Amazon and Jaguar Land Rover – could not be accommodated at present.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has approved proposals for a major residential scheme at a previously developed site in metropolitan green belt in Hertfordshire.
The outline application involved a total of 129 houses on land at Bricket Wood and had been refused by St Albans City and District Council.
The appeal site area comprised about 20.35-hectares of land associated with a former HSBC management and training centre and included a complex of buildings and a network of roads and car parks set within a mature parkland setting including three artificial lakes.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has dismissed appeals for two separate solar farms, each proposed for green belt locations, one in Worcestershire and the other in Essex. In both cases the planning inspectors who held the recovered appeal inquires had recommended that the projects should be refused.
The Worcestershire project involved an 8.9 megawatt solar farm scheme on a single site straddling the boundary between Wychavon District Council and Bromsgrove District Council. Both planning authorities had rejected the project.
In his decision letter Greg stressed that the project represented inappropriate development in the green belt which would cause “harm to the landscape character and visual amenities of the area and to the setting and significance of listed buildings”.
The number of new homes built within the greenbelt in England halves over the last 10 years after peaking in 2001, new research shows.
Less than 100,000 have been built on these type of open spaces, which are meant to prevent urban sprawl into the countryside, since 1995, but most are in the area around London.
The research from real estate firm Countrywide also shows that the 96,000 greenbelt land homes built in the last decade made up 3.5% of the 2.7 million homes built in England.
Central Bedfordshire Council has resolved to approve a major planning application for a mixed-use residential-led development of nearly 2,000 new homes to the west of Bidwell which forms part of the larger sustainable urban extension to the north of Houghton Regis.
A farmer who built a mock Tudor castle without planning permission says he has no choice but to demolish it after losing a seven-year legal battle.
Robert Fidler built the castle at Honeycrock Farm, in Salfords, Surrey, in 2002 and hid it behind hay bales.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council first ordered it to be knocked down in 2008. The government backed the council after an appeal last year.
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