The Green Belt is the most widely recognised part of the planning system – and one of the most misunderstood. If we want to solve the housing crisis, we need to think again about its role.
When it is suggested it might be time to reconsider the role of Green Belt in our planning policy, the immediate reaction is usually extremely negative. The popular perception is that the Green Belt is critical in protecting the countryside and our most valued landscapes – and that without it, developers would run riot.
The truth is that Green Belt policy is far from perfect. It should be entirely possible to re-work the policy in way that still protects those areas that need protection whilst simultaneously encouraging more sustainable patterns of development.
In his latest contribution to Housebuilder magazine, Paul Smith, our managing director, explains how that could be possible.
The Strategic Land Group is a land promoter with an established track record of delivering homes and maximising land values on all types of site – including in the Green Belt. You can learn more about how land promotion works here. If you know of a site that you think might benefit from our involvement, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a confidential, free, no obligation assessment.