NPPF Changes Consultation 2015
Ensuring Housing Is Delivered On Land Allocated In Plans - Page 13
Should local communities have the opportunity to allocate sites for small scale Starter Home developments in the Green Belt through their neighbourhood plans?
- The ability to alter Green Belt boundaries should remain with the local authorities. It is for the local authority to evaluate how well the Green Belt operates in respect to openness and how it functions across its area. This would enable it to assess, in conjunction with local residents, priority areas for development, taking into account any local surveys carried out by the community. Any modifications to the Green Belt would therefore go through the more rigorous local plan process.
- We reject proliferation of housing sites in the Green Belt in order to accommodate just starter homes, particularly where there may be significant environmental harm. Rural Exception sites are for low cost housing in perpetuity mainly for local residents and their families. However, it is likely they will be occupied mainly by inward migrants because local residents will not have the finance, even with the discount.
- We suggest that as this initiative could result in a loss of sites for low cost housing, the definition of rural exception sites be extended to also accommodate a proportion of other forms of affordable housing including starter homes, the relative numbers depending on local need and local support.
- We do not think that developers will be able to construct anything other than high density flats for £250,000 in Guildford which will be inappropriate in Green Belt locations.
- It is disingenuous to expect those who live in rural villages within the Green Belt to accept new housing developments that completely change the character of their area, when to live in such an area removes certain planning opportunities to its residents.