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Review highlights land 'vulnerable to development' in St Albans
Land in the St Albans district which may be more vulnerable to development has been identified in a review.
Priorities to protect Metropolitan Green Belt have been drafted in an independent review, in response to a motion from the council in November last year, which called for an independent review of Green Belt boundaries and a Green Belt Study of all potential housing locations.
Land which significantly contributes to Green Belt has been drafted as well as land that "contributes least to Green Belt purposes".
The list of sites which contribute least to Green Belt purposes includes:
- Enclosed land at Chiswell Green Lane
- Land south and south west of London Colney
- Enclosed land at northeast Harpenden along Lower Luton Road and extending to the vicinity of Whitings Close
- Enclosed land at north Harpenden in the vicinity of Luton Road, Couters End Lane and Ambrose Lane
- Enclosed land at north St Albans along Sandbridgebury Lane
- Area enclosed by residential development at east St Albans along Sandpit Lane
The review comes after the district council’s cabinet decided to commission new evidence-based studies to inform the forthcoming Strategic Local Plan in January.
During a policy committee meeting on Monday evening, councillors had the opportunity to consider its content during a policy committee meeting on Monday evening.
During a planning committee meeting on Monday evening, councillors discussed part one of the review, which was completed by independent consultants working also with Dacorum and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councils.
Councillor Chris Brazier said identifying Green Belt land which could be built on makes them more vulnerable.
He said: "My concern is that we have identified eight Green Belt sites that can be built on by developers.
"This makes the land more vulnerable to development.
"If a planning application went to appeal, the developer would argue that it is in writing that this site can be built on.
"I am most concerned about the land along Sandpit Lane which is vulnerable to housing development from Oaklands College."
A second part of the review will be issued later this month.
The review also states that there is a need to analyse Green Belt boundaries, as well as completing a detailed independent study of potential housing locations, which the council expects to receive in December.
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