GB2 Infill Boundary Review

Closes 21 Jun 2021

Consultation contents

The Local Plan Partial Update (LPPU) options document set out two policy approach options relating to amending the approach to infill development within villages washed over by the Green Belt (Policy GB2). Current Policy GB2 does not accord with the current NPPF or a recent Court of Appeal judgement.

Following analysis of the consultation responses received, it has been concluded that there are advantages in pursuing Option 1 (defining infill boundaries for villages washed over by the Green Belt) in providing greater certainty for applicants and communities.

We will therefore be pursuing this option which involves:

  • Where a village has a HDB, they will be assessed and redefined as infill boundaries
  • Assess villages which do not currently have an HDB to determine whether an infill boundary is possible

Please see the contents page below to view the changes to your village and to complete the response form.

This approach was presented to Parishes at the April webinar session on the Local Plan Partial Update. Please click the following link if you would like to view the presentation

Definition of infilling

The Core Strategy defines infilling as:

the filling of small gaps within existing development e.g. the building of one or two houses on a small vacant plot in an otherwise extensively built up frontage, the plot generally being surrounded on at least three sides by developed sites or road

Further detail is provided by Policy D7 where Infill development is defined as the filling of a small gap in an otherwise built-up frontage, usually consisting of frontage plots only.

  • The development will have to meet the requirements of infill development, as defined in the Core Strategy and Policy D7 of the Placemaking Plan. Namely the:
    • Filling of a small gap in an otherwise built-up frontage
    • The plot will generally be surrounded on at least three sides by developed sites or roads
  • The update to policy GB2 will also make clear that development of previously developed land and replacement buildings are also acceptable in principle in the Green Belt (in line with the NPPF).
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