Thousands of new homes planned to be built on the Green Belt
There will be thousands of new homes built on the Green Belt after what is being called “the biggest relaxation to planning protections for 30 years”. The government plans to change the current rules that only allow for erecting buildings on Greenfield land on the border of cities and towns in order to prevent “urban sprawl in exceptional circumstances”.
The changes will now alter this allowing councils to “allocate appropriate small-scale sites in the Green Belt specifically for starter homes”, which according to the government are to be aimed at young families. This news will be welcomed by developers who have been anxiously waiting to seize the previously protected Green Belt land.
However, this in not the only difference in the new policy. Previously there had been a requirement that land in the Green Belt taken up by builders must be replaced, this will not be transferred into the new policies. It will now be optional for local communities as local areas will have the “discretion to determine the scope of a small-scale site”.
David Cameron stated in a speech in the West Midlands that he wanted to see 200,000 ‘starter homes’ built every year. He further went on to say that the proposed changes would make a “reality” of the scheme to provide more affordable homes for people trying to get onto the property ladder.
Aislinn Devlin, Pali Ltd
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