Nick Boles MP letter to Sir Paul Beresford – Why did  Guildford Borough Council not take this into account when drafting the Local Plan?

In June 2014 Nick Boles MP the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Planning)

Nick Boles MP the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

wrote to Sir Paul Beresford

Sir Paul Beresford MP

about “the Government’s on-going commitment to national Green Belt protection, reflecting what Ministers have regularly told Parliament”:

“… most development in the Green Belt is inappropriate and should be approved only in very special circumstances.”

“…unmet housing need (including for traveller sites) is unlikely to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt to constitute the very special circumstances justifying inappropriate development with the Green Belt.”….

In this well written letter Nick Boles explained to Sir Paul Beresford the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Government Policy regarding any attempt to develop Green Belt simply to meet their housing needs.

Click here to see to read the letter

Previously Nick Boles had written to the Sir Michael Pitt Chief Executive of Planning Inspectorate click here to read that letter.


Is Guildford Borough Council (GBC) following this?  

How does GBC define “very special circumstances”? 

Why did GBC not answer this question when it was raised by Ben Paton, the prospective Conservative Candidate for Lovelace Ward?