Planning magazine reports that a court ruling over the definition of brownfield land could result in speculative applications for housing on back gardens in the countryside.
Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board, agreed with a reporter that some developers might leap on the judgement. "People might read into it that they can put houses in the countryside, on gardens or tennis courts or so on," he said. But he predicted that councils would be likely to resist such applications on other grounds if they are in locations such as green belt or open countryside.
"We will get some cases, but I don't think it will be a game changer and it may be a storm in a teacup," he said.