Today the Government will set out its housing White Paper, promising to tackle the ‘broken’ housing market and build more affordable homes. Among the measures expected to be unveiled by Communities Secretary Sajid David is a commitment to maintaining the green belt – but what will this look like in practice?
With planning permission windows set to be slashed, and more pressure to be heaped on councils already struggling with their local plans, how will the Government strategy actively safeguard Britain’s precious green belt land?
While we’ll have to wait until the announcement for full details of the Government’s plans, a petition demanding that communities are given back the right to decide where houses are built has already secured a separate government response. It states that:
“Too many communities are now forced to accept large housing developments seeing the irreversible loss of valuable greenfields without the right of appeal. The failure of government planning policy has resulted in the loss of valued countryside and agricultural land and leaves communities forced to grow too fast without appropriate infrastructure. Major changes to planning legislation are required to protect established communities across the UK and deliver the right housing in the right places.”