“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?
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.