Funding to crackdown on illegal Green Belt building

Councils across the country are set to receive nearly £2 million in government funding to crack down on illegal developments on the nation’s Green Belt.

Esther McVey said that local authorities will be able to use the money to hire enforcement officers, use new technology, and help meet the legal costs of bringing rogue developers to task for their illegal developments. The Housing Minister announced that 37 councils would be receiving a total of up to £50,000 each to help with the clampdown.

McVey said: “Once the Green Belt is built on it’s often gone for good that’s why we are determined to protect it. The public have told us loud and clear they want it kept for future generations to enjoy. The funding announced today will help councils clamp down on rogue developers, giving the areas with the highest levels of Green Belt the funds needed to punish those who build illegally.”

Alongside the funding, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to work with the Royal Town Planning Institute to overhaul the national enforcement handbook, which will provide the latest best practice and expertise on shutting down illegal building and preventing it from happening, whilst ensuring developers obtain full planning permission before a shovel hits the ground.