Virgin Green Belt, Rarer than Hens Teeth? Let’s Hope Not!

Dan Cookson has created a Map identifying buildings and development within the Green Belt.


Within the Castle Point area it is difficult to identify any Green Belt areas without any development.

This could prove difficult somewhat to justify to an Inspector local opinion of which areas constitute the category of being “Virginal” or Un-developed Green Belt.

Whilst certain areas or sites will qualify as being Un-developed, a challenge may come via the erosion of the belt, as in Green Belt.

Lets hope this is not as tricky to defend in the light of “our broken housing market” and the intent to “build more homes.”

Dan Cookson’s Map of Buildings in the Green Belt can be found via this LINK.

The Map combines information provided by Alasdair Rae @undertheraedar and DCLG.

Dan Cookson is a housing market info. & research specialist. 


3 responses to “Virgin Green Belt, Rarer than Hens Teeth? Let’s Hope Not!

  1. Editor
    Thank you for this revealing information, it would seem that more training expenditure is justified for Local Authority Planning Committee Members.
    It is imperative that all the documentation relating to planning application is thoroughly studied in good time and not left to a last minute browse before the planning session starts…

  2. Yes agreed it is difficult to point out exact swathes of green belt land that have no buildings set upon them . BUT and it is a big but, the permission that could be allowed for previously developed green belt would not make these large developments financially viable ….

  3. Most of these houses have been there since before the green belt boundaries were established. Nobody ever said that you had to draw a green belt boundary around every small village. The green belt is a planning restriction that limits further development in and around those villages. If you could reduce this to houses built since the green belt was established it would be a more useful map.

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