Green Belts have been established around major built-up areas in England, (such as London) since 1947.
They can shape patterns of urban development and help to ensure that development occurs in appropriate locations in accordance with development plans.
They help to protect the countryside, be it in agricultural, forestry or other uses and can assist in moving towards more sustainable patterns of urban development.
National planning policy, in the form of the National Planning Policy Framework, sets out the five purposes of Green Belts which are:
Basildon Council has adopted local planning policy to control development in the Green Belt, which is contained within the Local Plan.
Most areas of the Borough outside the defined urban areas of Basildon, Laindon, Pitsea, Billericay and Wickford are within the Green Belt and are subject to the policy controls within the Basildon Local Plan.
See: Green belt map
The Green Belt Map is not to scale and is for illustrative purposes only. Accurate designation of specific sites within the Green Belt MUST ONLY be taken from the Basildon Local Plan Proposals Map, which accompanies the adopted Planning Policy.
An estimated 5000 people live within the Green Belt in the Basildon Borough. Most of these people live within the eleven Plotland areas in the Basildon Borough.
The Basildon Local Plan has eight policies with regard to the Green Belt and the control of development within it.
BAS GB1 - The Definition of the Green Belt
BAS GB2 - Development in the Green Belt
BAS GB3 - Replacement Dwellings in the Green Belt
BAS GB4 - Extensions to Dwellings in the Green Belt
BAS GB5 - Definition of a Dwelling
BAS GB6 - Agricultural Workers Dwellings
BAS GB7 - Re-use of Buildings in the Green Belt
BAS GB8 - Plotland Areas
The above policies can be viewed in the Planning Policy
Certain uses or development are deemed to be inappropriate development within the Green Belt and may be refused planning permission upon application.
Specific policies apply to the extension of dwellings in the Green Belt.
You may find that you are limited in terms of the size you can extend your property by and the way in which you can extend it, if that is, you are permitted to extend it at all.
Contact us if you feel that you need assistance in understanding the Green Belt extension policy or you need advice regarding a specific application or site.
The Plotlands are a collection of thirteen settlements that exist within the Green Belt of the Basildon Borough and are home to approximately 5000 people.
The Plotlands originate from the arrival of the railways, which improved the accessibility of the Essex countryside to city dwellers from London.
Farmers and other landowners divided their fields into narrow plots, which many city dwellers bought and preceded to build small shacks and dwellings that they could visit at weekends and holidays to get away from the City.
Most of these properties did not have the benefits of running water, sewage disposal or electricity and were located down unmade tracks, sometimes miles from any services.
Thirteen of these communities remain, although they now have connections to electricity, water and gas/oil services and have a means of waste disposal.
They have a semi-rural character that is still typified privately maintained roads, varying dwelling plot sizes, natural property boundaries and vacant plots. The thirteen communities are:
Development within the Plotlands is controlled with a combination of a specific Plotlands policy BAS GB8 and more generic Green Belt policies that are contained within the Planning Policy.