Housing: Blaydon

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will delay proposals to build on the green belt in Blaydon constituency until after the publication of Household Projections 2012 to 2037.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

There are no central Government proposals to build on the Green Belt in Blaydon. The Government revoked Regional Strategies and their top-down housing targets to ensure Councils are best placed to work out, with their communities, what housing is needed and where it should go.

The National Planning Policy Framework retains strong protections for the Green Belt. Most types of new building are inappropriate in Green Belt and, by definition, harmful to it. A local authority may alter a Green Belt boundary only in exceptional circumstances, through the Local Plan process. Our guidance of October 2014 reaffirms this protection (www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-must-protect-our-precious-green-belt-land)

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.