Greenfield sites are previously undeveloped sites. These should not be confused with Green Belt land, which are protected by the law. There is no Green Belt land in Leicestershire.
There are planning regulations in place to allow greenfield development under certain circumstances, and providing these criteria are in place:
- It will be kept affordable for local people
- It is supported by recent evidence of unmet housing needs.
Even if these criteria are in place, the planning application will be subject to approval from the planners in a number of other ways, including highways, sustainability, and impact on open countryside.