The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), has given some hope that local authorities and developers will not be able to trample over our countryside without giving residents at least some rights in combating some of the more outlandish proposals, such as building on Blue Mountain Golf Course in Binfield. The whole of the NPPF can be downloaded from this web site on the downloads section at http://www.narcag.co.uk/downloads/
Some of the more relevent sections in the new Act include:
Extract from new National Planning Policy Framework
74. Existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land. Including playing fields, should not be built on unless:
76. Local communities through local and neighbourhood plans should be able to identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them. By designating land as Local Green Space local communities will be able to rule out new development other than in very special circumstances. Identifying land as Local Green Space should therefore be consistent with the local planning of sustainable development and complement investment in sufficient homes, jobs and other essential services. Local Green Spaces should only be designated when a plan is prepared or reviewed, and be capable of enduring beyond the end of the plan period.
77. The Local Green Space designation will not be appropriate for most green areas or open space. The designation should only be used:
78. Local policy for managing development within a Local Green Space should be consistent with policy for Green Belts.