Are 'starter homes' set to invade the Green Belt?

A recent article from DevAssist states that Chancellor George Osborne has said he wants to reform planning laws to make it easier to build new starter homes in England, which we all know the country desperately needs. However, although the Government backs the decision to expand into rural areas to boost the economy, there are fears that the English countryside could be tainted by these developments.

Current residents of rural areas fear they may face dramatic changes to their countryside views and their idyllic scenery if the intended planning receives the green light to go ahead.

Searches UK work closely with DevAssist, Groundsure and Landmark that audit locations for development risks and opportunities, to supply detailed reports into the development and planning permission of land.

Searches UK are able to offer a range of Commercial Planning Application Searches which include:

  • Groundsure Planview
  • Groundsure Street talking
  • Landmark Sitecheck planning
  • DevAquire

A DevAsses Commercial Planning Search report is a unique report that will show buyers if their prospective neighbours have ever tried to obtain planning permission for a development, if the rural landscape that provides the property with lavish country views is safe from property development or if the next door neighbour is planning an extension.

Andrew Stenning, Managing Director at Searches UK commented:

“The current activity around the Green Belt is dividing opinions, on one hand it is great to produce new homes that are accessible to first time buyers, and on the other hand we have a duty to conserve the glorious countryside of the UK. At least with a Searches UK Commercial Planning Report you can be sure that your clients are aware of any planning requests or permissions to develop into the Green Belt, allowing them to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the property transaction.”

To find out more about the products and services Searches UK offer, or for more information on Commercial Planning Searches, visit the Searches UK website or call 0800 043 1815.

This article was submitted to be published by Searches UK as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

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