The draft planning guidance will set 'positive objectives' for the use of green belt land and allow the redevelopment or reuse of existing sites, rather than just imposing negative restraints. This is essential if the many green belt sites occupied by redundant hospital, defence and other institutional buildings (often important listed buildings) are to be given a new lease of life.
Sensitive development of these sites will not only remove existing environmental eyesores but also create much needed new employment opportunities. The Government should grasp the opportunity to provide a more positive approach to planning policy within green belts to preserve and enhance their crucial role.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
21 JulyReuse content