Green Belt protection and intentional unauthorised development

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Green Belt protection and intentional unauthorised development

September 2015

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The Government has issued a  strong new planning policy statement on intentional unauthorised development in the Green Belt due to increasing concern about harm arising as well as the cost and time in pursuing enforcement action.

The statement “introduces a planning policy to make intentional unauthorised development a material consideration that would be weighed in the determination of planning applications and appeals. This policy applies to all new planning applications and appeals received from 31 August 2015”

Inappropriate development in the Green Belt is already heavily resisted under the National Planning Policy Framework unless very special circumstances can be demonstrated.  

The Policy Statement reiterates  that personal circumstances and unmet need are unlikely to outweigh harm caused to the Green Belt, and therefore this approach is not expected to be sufficient to demonstrate very special circumstances.

Kay Davies, Partner in the Fisher German Planning Team, comments ‘I would advise landowners to be vigilant in seeking advice before undertaking any development where their property falls under Green Belt designation as this policy could make retrospective applications more challenging.”

The new policy approach will be reviewed by the Government in 6 months’ time to assess its effectiveness.

For further information, please contact Kay Davies on 01530 567476 or email kay.davies@fishergerman.co.uk

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