Development of Green belt land

December 9th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

This week the Government’s decision to ease up planning restrictions on Green Belt land came as a bit of a surprise as well as a worry to people living in rural areas. It’s the biggest shake up in planning laws that we have seen in the UK for thirty years.
From now on local councils will be able to allocate small-scale sites in the Green Belt specifically for starter homes, designed for young families. Planning rules were introduced in 1955 to prevent this type of development. The reforms are part of the first changes to the Planning Policy Framework, which brought in a new bias in favour of development when it was introduced in 2012.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England, the CPRE stated in a report published earlier this year that over 219,000 houses have already passed to be built on England’s green belt land - 60,000 more than in August 2013.
Paul Miner told the Telegraph: “the biggest change in terms of housing, since probably the 1980s”.
He said: “We will probably see thousands more houses come through in the Green Belt as a result of these changes every year.
“The current policy isn’t working, but these proposals will make things worse. It could see a lot more planning battles in the countryside over coming years.”
David Cameron stated that he would like to see over 200,000 starter homes built every year in the UK, these are homes which are available to people under 40 years of age, they will receive a 20% discount from the market rate on properties worth no more than £250,000 outside of London and £450,000 inside London.
Source: The Daily Telegraph