Green Belt

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 8W, on planning permission: green belt

(1) if he will provide examples of the considerations which may outweigh harm to the green belt and allow planning approval of new residential development on such land;

(2) how many new residential applications on protected green belt have been approved under the provisions of (a) Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable Development in Rural Areas, paragraph 11 and Planning Policy Guidance 2: Green Belts, section 3 and (b) National Planning Policy Framework paragraphs 87 to 91 and 55; and what the circumstances and considerations were that outweighed the harm done to the green belt caused by the new developments which resulted in planning approval being given in each case.

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Planning policy on the green belt is outlined in Section 9 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Each planning application should be determined on its own facts and merits by a local planning authority in light of its local plan, the framework and other material considerations.

The information requested on individual decisions is not centrally held.

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