Housing minister Esther McVey has written to the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council to remind him that the National Planning Policy Framework "is clear that Green Belt should only be altered in exceptional circumstances" following the submissions of the borough's local plan.

Alex Ground, a partner in the planning team, told Property Week that the letter is "somewhat surprising" after the recent publication of [NPPG] policy aimed at relaxing some green belt boundaries. 

Esther McVey "hardening stance" on using green belt land is available to read on the Property Week website via subscription. 

Alex is a partner in our real estate team. She advises on all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase including planning applications, appeals, negotiating s106 agreements, challenges and enforcement.