Chancellor to Remove ‘Openness Test’ for Green Belt Brownfield Sites

The Autumn Statement

Underlined are changes to policy page 41

Accelerate housing supply and get more homes built by:

• bringing forward further reforms to the planning system, including establishing a new delivery test on local authorities, to ensure delivery against the number of homes set out in Local Plans

• supporting the availability of appropriate land for housing, including by releasing public sector land with capacity for 160,000 homes representing a more than 50% increase on the government’s record in the last parliament

• ensuring the release of unused and previously undeveloped commercial, retail, and industrial land for Starter Homes, and supporting the regeneration of previously developed brownfield sites in the green belt by allowing them to be developed in the same way as other brownfield land, providing it contributes to Starter Homes, and subject to local consultation

• backing SME house builders, including by amending planning policy to support small sites, extending the £1 billion Builders’ Finance Fund to 2020-21, and halving the length of the planning guarantee for minor developments

On Green Belt this is what the NPPF says under definition of appropriate development

● limited infilling or the partial or complete redevelopment of previously developed sites (brownfield land), whether redundant or in continuing use (excluding temporary buildings), which would not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt and the purpose of including land within it than the existing development.

The underlined is what is the additional test for Green Belt over other PDL.  Necessary because many PDL sites in Green Belt only on a small part.  The chancellor must mean this underlined text is to be deleted.


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