Coventry Gateway Green Belt Decision – Straightforward, Premature, Loss matter for Local Plan


The flagship scheme of the local LEP .  Recovered by SoS

The Secretary of State concludes that a strong case has been made for the development. He considers that it would deliver economic benefits and environmental gains, and that it would be reasonably consistent with sustainable development objectives. However, he also considers that it would give rise to substantial Green Belt harm, to which he attaches very serious weight. He considers that the Employment Land Study addresses some of the shortcomings in the supporting evidence identified by the Inspector, but fails to establish that the need for the proposal is such that a decision on the future of the Green Belt at the application site should be taken now, ahead of a wider consideration of Green Belt boundaries through the Local Plan.


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