This is the rear, South East Elevation, but the views from the house to the South are spectacular. It`s also a complex build, because beyond the boundary wall to the South, the ground level falls away steeply and so the house would effectively be perched on the edge of a cliff.(It`s not that dramatic really).

The house is also in the Greenbelt. To a lot of people this would be enough to put them off building at all. However, it is possible to get Planning Permission to build a house on Greenbelt land, and this property fulfills one of the five criteria. In 2019, 35,000 houses were approved in the Greenbelt. The perception is that building anything in the Green Belt is impossible and the very term Green Belt is often enough to deter applications from seeing the light of day, even if they may enhance the Green Belt itself.

However, developing in the Green Belt is not impossible and it is possible to obtain full Planning

consent for new build property in the Green Belt.

  • In 2019, planning applications to build 35,000 new homes on UK Green Belts were submitted.
  • In 2017, the number of new homes built on UK Green Belts doubled.
  • Only 35% of all Green Belt land in England is intensive agricultural land.

The obvious place to start is by defining what Green Belt land actually is. The designation of Green Belts is a policy issue and is not always applicable to the wider countryside. In essence, Green Belts are designated zones around major towns and cities whose fundamental purpose is to prevent urban sprawl. They are categorised by their openness and permanence and so people would be forgiven for thinking that building is a complete nonstarter.

Green Belts are down to government policy. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is one such policy aimed at protecting Green Belt. Issued in February 2019 by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, it is designed as a policy framework within which locally prepared plans for housing and other developments can be produced. In the document, it states that the purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the development of sustainable development. Achieving sustainable development, falls into three categories.

  • An economic objective to help build a strong responsive and competitive economy by ensuring that sufficient land of the right types is available in the right places and at the right time to support growth, innovation, and improved productivity and by identifying and coordinating the provision of infrastructure.
  • A social objective to support strong, vibrant, and healthy communities by ensuring that a sufficient number and range of homes can be provided to meet the needs of present and future generations, and by fostering a well-designed and safe built environment, with accessible services and open spaces that reflect current and future needs and support communities` health, social and cultural well-being.
  • An environmental objective to continue to protect and enhance our natural, built and historic environment, including making effective use of land, helping to improve biodiversity, using natural resources prudently, minimising waste and pollution, and mitigating and adapting to climate change, including moving to a low carbon economy.

The presumption of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is in favour of sustainable development. The planning system should be genuinely plan led and plans for new houses should provide a positive vision for the future of the area in which they are built, they should be a framework for addressing housing needs and other economic, social, and environmental priorities and a platform for local people to shape their surroundings.

Technically, we`ve produced the drawings in 3D Autodesk Revit 2021 to ensure accuracy.

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