Building on green belt land: Is it viable for your development?

The often emotive issue of green belt development has again roused sensitives following a landmark court ruling. But will the latest judgement make it easier to build on green belt land? Paul Walton, director at PWA Planning, examines the broader picture.

A major judgment by the Court of Appeal has far-reaching implications for housing developers looking at potential opportunities to build on green belt land.

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Free school planning permission – How easy is it?

Radical reforms mean people wanting to open free schools can bypass traditional planning consent. However, the changes have often met with stiff opposition. Recent High Court decisions may give more encouragement to those seeking to establish free schools. PWA Planning director, Paul Walton, explains more.

Broad ranging planning rules enable free schools to open in virtually any building for 12 months – and potentially permanently – without needing conventional planning permission.

The government’s measures are designed to allow free schools to convert empty or underused buildings and move quickly onto their site.

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