Guildford Borough Council has produced a Draft Green Belt Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will be consulting on the document until Wednesday 22 March 2023
This SPD provides detailed advice and guidance on Policy P2: Green Belt in the adopted Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2015 - 2034 (2019)
An important aspect is that the construction of new buildings is generally considered ‘inappropriate’ in the Green Belt. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) does identify circumstances where development could be considered ‘not inappropriate’. Policy P2 in the adopted Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2015 - 2034 (2019) provides further definitions for some of these exceptions. The draft Green Belt SPD provides further guidance in relation to how these exceptions will be interpreted. It has been produced to ensure there is clarity and consistency on how planning applications will be determined when applying national and local Green Belt policy.
To comment on the on the draft SPD, please visit the consultation homepage
After consultation the government has confirmed long-term environmental targets, the targets are a cornerstone of the government’s Environment Act 2021 which passed into law in November last year.
The proposed targets cover water, air quality and the diversity of our wildlife, including:
The targets have now been published after consultation
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