On 6th October 2014 DCLG issued a Press Release announcing changes to Planning Guidance on Housing and economic land availability assessments. In the Press Release the Secretary of State said:
This government has been very clear that when planning for new buildings, protecting our precious green belt must be paramount. Local people don’t want to lose their countryside to urban sprawl, or see the vital green lungs around their towns and cities to unnecessary development.
To see the Press Release, which contains a link to the Guidance revision, click here
As we considered that the revision to the Guidance should be clearer on the paramountcy of the Green Belt we have written to the Secretary of State. The text of our letter is here.