Green Belt and Housing under Pressure, what’s the answer? Invitation to comment to our Local Representatives!

“Maintain existing strong protections for the Green Belt and clarify that Green Belt boundaries should be amended only in exceptional circumstances when local authorities can demonstrate that they have fully examined all other reasonable options for meeting their identified housing requirements.” Part of Summary, Gavin Barwell.

Does this signal a Green Light from the Government to develop across Castle Point’s Green Belt?

Hadleigh Castle land under threat of development

It can be argued that Gavin Barwell’s statement infers that:-

Green Belt boundaries should be amended when local authorities have examined all other reasonable options for meeting their identified housing requirements!

And that a;

Lack of Housing land constitutes the Exceptional Circumstances necessary to require amendments to the Green Belt boundaries.

Extracts from the White Paper include;

A.115 It is imperative that local authorities start to address under delivery in their area through their action plans to ensure they are meeting their delivery requirements.

A.63 We are also proposing that national policy would make clear that when carrying out a Green Belt review, local planning authorities should look first at using any Green Belt land which has been previously developed and/or which surrounds transport hubs.

Given the aspirations of some castle point councillors it may appear appropriate to re-examine the cpbc Green Belt review, even to carry out an independent new review as support evidence for the Local Plan2016.

The growth of intense pressure to alter the appearance of castle point through growth continues. Given the current style of populist politics, it may appear that the residents might deserve a Referendum on the topic, carried out alongside this year’s Local Elections, so that their views on these issues can be registered!

It would of course be appreciated if some clarity, rather than speculation, was to be forthcoming from our local representatives.

To view the Government’s white paper document “Fixing our Broken Housing Market” use this LINK.

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2 responses to “Green Belt and Housing under Pressure, what’s the answer? Invitation to comment to our Local Representatives!

  1. Castle Point Council have already expressed within the Local Plan Annual Monitoring Report 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015 what it felt was needed when providing for its housing requirements by stating that :-

    “Given the nature of the built form in Castle Point it is encouraging to see new developments delivered at a range of densities. Within the urban area a mix of medium and high density schemes have been delivered supplying a range of family sized homes as well as smaller starter homes. However, in recent years, the proportion of homes delivered at lower densities has increased. This is predominantly due to the high proportion of homes delivered in 2013-2015 on the Kiln Road site which has a density of 27 dwellings per hectare. There is a need to see whether improved land efficiencies can be achieved on Greenfield sites in the future in order to maximise the use of land for housing purposes”.

    This type of reporting will not be helpful.

  2. Editor
    You have highlighted a very important point when identifying

    A.115 It is imperative that local authorities start to address under delivery in their area through their action plans to ensure they are meeting their delivery requirements.

    The very point of having an action plan is that it should be actioned. This places most of the NLP in this respect back to the aspirational categories, ie:- infrastructure cannot be action by CPBC alone.

    This is a very different approach now being taken by Government.

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