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Ministerial decision on green belt a shot across the bows for LPAs

Date: 21/4/2017

The government's decision to lift a holding direction on Bradford's core strategy has helped to crystallise ministers' position on green belt release, reports Planning magazine.

Planning Officers Society Strategic Planning Subject Specialist Catriona Riddell said ministers are clearly sending a warning that Bradford Council will have to go through a "proper process" of demonstrating exceptional circumstances for green belt release in its site allocations DPD.

"I think the secretary of state has concluded that the need to get a plan in place and the fact that there is no immediate danger of green belt releases outweighs the risks of letting the core strategy get adopted. More widely, this is clearly a shot across the bows of any council considering release of green belt sites without having done everything possible to avoid this, even though the rules haven't yet been formally set out in the NPPF," Riddell said.

CatrionaRiddell2016_2.jpg Catriona Riddell

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