Is there a clause under current planning law that can allow local authorities to limit the development and sale of properties to local residents?
I am looking to provide input to my Parish and Local Council’s Neighbourhood Plan with a view to getting recognition for self builders within the area. Following a recent exhibition by the Parish Council, it appears that the Parish and Local Council are prepared to allow a portion of agricultural land bordering my village to be developed within the next five years. The proposed land is far too big for an individual to hope to purchase and I would like to form a not for profit organisation of self builders to group purchase and then apply for planning. Following some recent bland and high density corporate developments in the area, I believe that such a group would be a preferable choice to develop the land and would have interests more in keeping with the historic village that it would become a part of.
To attempt to de-risk any group purchase, I am looking for ways in which such a development could actively work with the local Parish Council. Thinking back a couple of years to a past planning application that I submitted, I seem to remember the local planning office mentioning some clause that could allow Parish Councils to limit development and/or sale of properties to residents who could prove a link to the local area. At the time I thought nothing of this however looking ahead, if this is true, this could greatly assist local self builders realising their dream. Therefore, is there such a clause in planning regulation that can allow properties to only be sold or owned by local residents? Or residents that can prove a link to the local community? If so, what would this link be – a local business? A number of years living in the area? Children at local schools? Finally, if this clause does exist, can it be applied to development land and for self builders?