(1) whether the National Planning Policy Framework's proposed presumption in favour of sustainable development will permit development on the greenbelt in respect of (a) community buildings including schools, (b) commercial development, (c) affordable housing and (d) any other type of development;
(2) what arrangements are in place to protect greenbelt land from development as part of the National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development.
The coalition agreement explicitly states that we will maintain green belt protection. The green belt has a valuable role in stopping urban sprawl and providing a green lung around towns and cities.
Indeed, our proposed abolition of the unpopular regional strategies through the Localism Bill will stop the top-down pressure to remove the green belt in 30 areas across England.
The presumption in favour of sustainable development requires councils to plan positively for the needs of each area, while safeguarding those things that require protection. Where plans are not in place or up-to-date, it makes clear that development should be allowed unless this would compromise the key principles for sustainability in the National Planning Policy Framework, including protection of the green belt.