Green Belt Review and GATANA

Last week RBK published two reports commissioned for the new Local Plan.

Last week RBK published two reports commissioned for the new Local Plan.

Green Belt and MOL Assessment Report

A far more positive review than the recent Crossrail Growth Commission review.

the purposes of Green Belt policy have broadly been fulfilled, with some localised exceptions [1]

Both the new Local Plan and the new London Plan will be assessed against NPPF (2012), however, in order to remain “in date” post 2021 their policies will also need to be in accord with NPPF (2018).

There are a number of changes to Green Belt policy in the new planning rules, most notably regarding Green Belt sites within 800m of a transport hub and when the Green Belt can “wash over” villages and settlements.

The report consequently makes no recommendations.

No recommendations are made in the report regarding areas which may or may not hold potential for their status as either Green Belt or MOL to be changed in light of what is termed ‘Exceptional Circumstances’. Further detailed work would be required to determine the effects (strategically and locally) of any such proposals. [2]

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Need Assessment

RBK only has 19 official pitches and we have known for some time that this is insufficient.

This assessment concludes that an additional 74 pitches could be required. [3]

Download the documents using the links below

[1] Executive Summary of Green Belt and MOL Assessment Report; para 2
[2] Executive Summary of Green Belt and MOL Assessment Report; para 6
[3] GATANA; para 8.12

Green Belt and MOL Assessment Report

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment

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