Letter from Wakefield Council to Secretary of State about planning policy
In the letter the fields are stated as being ' PROTECTED AREAS OF SEARCH FOR LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT', i.e. To ensure that Green Belt boundaries last longer than the lifetime of a single plan some land has been retained on the edge of settlements that was previously allocated in the development plan for the district, which may be suitable to meet longer term development needs. The land is not required for development during the plan period, because other more suitable development sites have been identified. These undeveloped areas, often substantial in size, are protected from other forms of development to ensure that they are available to be used for development in the longer term, should the need arise.
This safeguarded land is allocated as Protected Areas of Search for Long Term Development. Land covered by a Protected Areas of Search for Long Term Development allocation should not automatically be regarded as long term development land. Reviews of LDF documents may reconsider the suitability of safeguarded land, but in the meantime development will be restricted to that which is necessary for the operation of existing uses, or to such temporary uses as would not prejudice longer term development needs.