UPDATE 3 August 2014: More information on the Green Belt Review…..
Under Policies & Reports on this website, you’ll find the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This will hopefully assist you in understanding more fully Chiltern District Council’s plans to review the Green Belt, now up until 2036.
Under the NPPF (para 79), the fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open. The essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.
Green Belt serves five purposes (as set out in NPPF para 80):
- To check the unrestricted sprawl of large built–up areas;
- To prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another;
- To assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment;
- To preserve the setting and special character of historic towns;
- and to assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.
NPPF Paragraph 83 relates to Green Belt boundaries. Once established, Green Belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional circumstances, through the preparation or review of the Local Plan. At that time, authorities should consider the Green Belt boundaries having regard to their intended permanence in the long term, so that they should be capable of enduring beyond the plan period. Consequently, if Green Belt boundary alterations are proposed, it will be necessary to consider potential development needs well into the future.
When drawing up or reviewing Green Belt boundaries, local planning authorities should take account of the need to promote sustainable patterns of development and consider the consequences for sustainable development of channelling development towards urban areas inside the Green Belt boundary or towards locations beyond the outer Green Belt boundary.
and a recent article in the Telegraph discussing Green Belt changes – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/10192772/100000-homes-may-be-built-on-Green-Belt-land.html
Seeking Government Approval of the Delivery Development Plan Document (DDPD)
All local authorities have a duty to co-operate with a number of organisations, including adjacent local planning authorities on strategic planning matters, as to how to meet housing needs. Given Chiltern is a highly-constrained area, with for example, extensive areas of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Council will also be exploring opportunities to meet part of the district’s development needs within adjacent local authority areas. To do this, the Council must ensure it is maximising its development opportunities, which could mean development on parts of current Green Belt land which may no longer fulfil Green Belt purpose and/or can be justified by exceptional circumstances.
For the full Press Release dated 22 July 2014 see Press-Release-CDC-re-DDPD-220714 (4) and to catch up on the history of this Hot Topic please search this website on DDPD and also SHLAA sites.
The relevant minutes of the CDC Cabinet meeting of 15 July 2014 can be found at this link. Pages 117-120 inclusive.