Editor's pick: Green belt business park expansion turned down

A proposal to expand a Gloucestershire business park into the green belt has been judged inappropriate and harmful to the area's openness, with an inspector ruling that the needs of local businesses do not outweigh the adverse effects.

200-002-777 (Image Credit: Tewkesbury BC)
200-002-777 (Image Credit: Tewkesbury BC)

The appellant stated that at least two businesses, one with a highly skilled workforce, sought to expand their operations while remaining in the immediate area. The council responded that 53 hectares of land was available for employment development in the borough, including a vacant area of non-green belt land near the business site that was available and allocated for employment.

While recognising that development on the allocated site might be more expensive, the inspector was not convinced that it would be unviable. She found the appellant’s claim of a shortage of good-quality employment land unproven, since no figures on demand had been provided. She held that if release of some green belt land was required, this should be considered as part of the local plan process. In the absence of any very special circumstances, she decided that the appeal had to fail.

Inspector: Christine Thorby; Hearing

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