Green Belt: Planning Permission

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Centre for Cities' report entitled Capital Cities published 11 June 2019, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing planning restrictions on greenbelt land close to railway stations so that the supply of homes in a city can respond better to the change in demand for housing.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

This Government remains committed to building the homes we need whilst maintaining strong protections for the Green Belt. When we revised the National Planning Policy Framework in 2018 we undertook careful consideration of all the responses to our consultation, including those endorsing greater flexibilities over Green Belt Land. Our new approach ensures we consider the purposes of Green Belt, the need to ensure that only suitable land is released for dwellings, and the principle that elected local authorities should determine, using the development plan process and local consultation, where new homes could be built and where development should be restrained. If justified and evidenced exceptional circumstances arise, a local authority is already able to review a Green Belt boundary, and propose alterations through its development plan.

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