WEST MIDLANDS GREEN BELT
Positive response received for pre-application discussions with Local planning Authority for new house in the Green Belt.
Following an initial consultation with the client En-Plan: Planing & Architecture drafted a pre-application proposal to Walsall Council Planning Department showing how we would replace a stable block with a brand new dwelling in the Streetley area of Birmingham.
Streetly is a suburban area located in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, which is in the West Midlands region of England. It is not part of Birmingham itself but is in close proximity to Birmingham. Streetly is a residential area known for its leafy suburbs and is popular with commuters who work in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Streetly is known for its open spaces, including several parks and green areas. One notable feature in the area is Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, which offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, including walking, cycling, and bird-watching.
The proposal utilised the the volume of the existing stable block to demonstrate how the new bungalow would have no more impact on the character and openness pf the Green Belt than the current building on site, and in fact the design would actually enhance the appearance of the locality. The Council offered their backing to a formal application being submitted at a later date.
Openness is an important consideration in planning decisions in the Green Belt for several reasons:
Preserving Rural Character: The Green Belt is typically designated around urban areas to prevent urban sprawl and protect the rural character of the land. Openness helps maintain the visual and physical separation between the city and the countryside, preserving the rural landscape.
Visual Aesthetics: Open areas contribute to the visual aesthetics of the Green Belt. The absence of intensive development and the presence of open fields and green spaces enhance the overall visual quality and appeal of the landscape.
Recreation and Access: Open spaces in the Green Belt can provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and access to nature. These areas can be used for walking, hiking, and other leisure activities, offering a reprieve from urban development.
Biodiversity and Ecology: Open and undeveloped land often supports a greater diversity of plant and animal species. Maintaining openness in the Green Belt can help protect and promote biodiversity and ecological balance.
Air Quality and Climate: Green Belt areas with open land can contribute to improved air quality and local climate regulation. Trees and open spaces can help filter air pollutants and reduce the urban heat island effect.
Agricultural and Food Production: Some Green Belt areas may be used for agriculture, and the openness is important for farming and food production. Preserving these areas can help support local food sources.
Historical and Cultural Significance: Open spaces in the Green Belt may have historical or cultural significance. Protecting these areas can help preserve heritage, traditions, and cultural values.
Public Enjoyment: Openness in the Green Belt can provide a sense of space and tranquility, offering mental and emotional well-being to the public. People often enjoy the feeling of openness and natural surroundings.
In planning decisions, local authorities and planners need to balance the need for development and growth with the need to protect the Green Belt's openness and its associated benefits. The principle of "openness" is one of the key factors considered when determining whether development proposals in the Green Belt should be permitted, and it is often assessed alongside other criteria such as the impact on the environment, local infrastructure, and the overall purposes of the Green Belt designation.
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