Arc planning have been working on behalf of Hammersmith United Charities in support of current land and property in Hammersmith and Fulham and have today gained approval for a certificate of lawfulness confirming office use of premises in Hammersmith. This was gained following extensive searches, compiling historic documentation and collating evidence to demonstrate the lawful use. It enables HUC to bring forward proposals for the site in the future with greater confidence. If you have a similar issue and require some support or advice on the Certificate of Lawfulness process, please get in touch with Chris Bean (Tel. 07534 138851)
New guidance (contained within the National Planning Practice Guidance, published on Monday 6 October by DCLG reaffirms how councils should use their Local Plan, drawing on protections in the National Planning Policy Framework, to safeguard their local area against urban sprawl, and protect the green lungs around towns and cities.
The guidance explains that, once established, green belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional cases, through the preparation or review of the Local Plan.
The guidance says that when a council assesses the availability and suitability of land to meet its housing need during Local Plan preparations, it should take account of any constraints such as green belt which “indicate that development should be restricted and which may restrain the ability of an authority to meet its need”.
Statement from Eric Pickles also emphasised the importance and priority given to browfield sites. He said:
Today’s guidance will ensure councils can meet their housing needs by prioritising brownfield sites, and fortify the green belt in their area.
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