NPPF Changes Consultation 2015

Ensuring Housing Is Delivered On Land Allocated In Plans - Page 12

Question 18.

Are there any other policy approaches to delivering starter homes in rural areas that you would support?

  • More development in the Green Belt on brownfield sites and other sites allocated in neighbourhood plans should only be permitted if the land can be built on without causing urban sprawl or compromising the openness of the Green Belt. There should be a tightening of definition of the exceptions that can be used in local plans to justify removing land from the Green Belt
  • It is essential to carry out an assessment of local need in rural settlements to ascertain the demand for rented as well as starter homes. We are against any increased urban sprawl within the Green Belt, particularly if the emphasis is on starter homes which may not be a local priority in terms of need and affordability.
  • Starter and social homes should remain affordable in perpetuity; otherwise, there will be continuing pressures for a programme of more exception sites. 
  • A proportion of the 20% starter home discount should be paid back on resale and reinvested in low cost housing.

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