Planning magazine has suggested that many green belt boundaries are under threat in emerging local plans.
Catriona Riddell, POS Strategic Planning Specilaist, told a Planning reporter that viability issues with brownfield sites mean that authorities may seek to look at "easier options" such as urban extensions in order to maintain a five-year housing land supply.
Riddell also suggested that strong political leadership is required to see through plans to alter green belt boundaries. Others need to be able to clearly demonstrate why green belt release is required, why there are no other options, and to have the support of local politicians, she said.
Riddell added that some commentators have the view that releasing green belt for homes is an easy win to tackle the housing crisis.. But she continued "They have no understanding of what it is like on the coalface. Quite often you have wealthy, planning-literate people, who understand the planning system. They like the area they live in, and they will fight tooth and nail to keep it as it is."