Overview - Green Belt
Exceptional circumstances must be demonstrated in order to develop Greenbelt yet despite the weight of public opinion against weakening of this policy, 70% of new housing development will be in the countryside, of which, 58% will be in Greenbelt. By definition, this is not an exception and no attempt is made to demonstrate exceptional circumstances, in line with the requirements of the NPPF.
Insetting villages is of concern since restrictions within the settlement boundary raises concerns over loss of character. The Rural Economic Strategy covered in para. 4.51a, promoting affordable homes everywhere in the countryside including the AONB as a main aim, is a mechanism for promoting overdevelopment in our countryside. It has not been subject to full public consultation and is based on data, which is not up-to-date.
Three major strategic sites – Blackwell Farm, Wisley Airfield and Gosden Hill Farm – are in the Green Belt. Previous consultations show that, in line with the NPPF, the public would prefer to use brownfield land in the urban area first.