Building in the Green Belt

Whenever building in the Green Belt is mentioned, visions of vast housing estates comes to mind, where there once was fields. However, careful consideration during the planning phase and working within the framework of current planning legislation, can result in an appropriate and sustainable development that benefits the local community.

Inspire Planning Solutions Ltd has recently secured planning permission in a designated Green Belt area for the erection of a new dwelling in Chorley, Lancashire.

This particular scheme involves the demolition of the existing single storey stables and storage buildings and the redevelopment of the site for a detached dwelling. As the site had already been identified as ‘brownfield’, due to the stabling of horses rather than agriculture, redevelopment was a viable option.

We were approached by the Architect, Blue Chip Architecture who had been asked to look at the re-design of a previous approval on the site for a new house. The client was looking for a distinctive property with a contemporary design, which included features such as a glazed front gable and with a reconfigured internal layout to provide a more modern open plan form of living, to take full advantage of the site’s rural aspect adjacent to open countryside.

In presenting a carefully crafted argument and referring to the disparate nature of the existing structures, we were able to demonstrate that the proposal, despite the increase in size, would result in a more compact form of development, and would not “have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt” as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (Paragraph 89).

The application received support from the Planning Officer and our client is now looking forward to building their dream home!

If you are looking to maximise the potential of a site, it’s important to present an effective planning case – Green Belt designation does not necessarily mean your planning application will be refused.

For development advice and support please contact us by calling 0161 428 0445 or by email info@inspireplanning.co.uk

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