FACT CHECK: Opposing inappropriate planning applications

Is vigorous opposition likely to lead to success? This approach will only be successful if:

  • from 2024 RBK has built an average of 723 new homes a year over the previous 3 financial years, or
  • the proposal is not compliant with NPPF 145 or NPPF 146

This approach would be more successful if:

  • from 2024 RBK has built an average of 434 new homes a year for the previous 3 financial years, or
  • the proposal is not compliant with the Malden Rushett Neighbourhood Plan

The new planning rules are designed to prevent communities from opposing valid applications when their local authority is building insufficient housing.

Communities that wish to protect their area from inappropriate development have a better chance of success if they write a Neighbourhood Plan containing local policies that reflect their views.


Notes:

  • RBK is currently building an average of 500 new homes a year
  • NPPF 145/146 arguably permits development of up to 5 hectares of Green Belt land in or around the village.
  • A Neighbourhood Plan can detail which sites can be developed and which cannot.