Existing Dwellings in the Green Belt Supplementary Planning DocumentThis Supplementary Planning Document was adopted by the Council on the 6th of October 2008.

Please note, following a review of the implementation of this SPD a small number of non-material amendments were made to the document in November 2009. Although non-material, these amendments have been audited through the single member decision process.


A significant number of planning applications for extensions to existing residential properties in the Green Belt and a lesser number of applications for replacement dwellings are dealt with by the Council each year. The majority of these are householder applications are submitted by the general public.

The purpose of this document is to provide further information and guidance on the approach the Council as a Local Planning Authority will take in relation to extensions to dwellings in the Green Belt and the circumstances under which replacement dwellings will be acceptable.

This document aims to provide clearer advice and guidance for the benefit of members of the public, planning officers and Council Members.

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) is a process of appraising the social, environmental and economic effects of plans strategies and policies from the outset of plan preparation.

Sustainability Appraisal must be undertaken for all Supplementary Planning Documents. View the Existing Dwellings in the Green Belt Sustainability Appraisal

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