Planning guidance asserts protection for Green Belt and encourages local authorities to improve it. However, current debate focuses on development pressure to sacrifice Green Belt land and raises awareness that Green Belt may not be that green in the first place.
Can we square these pressures… can development needs help fund enhancement of Green Belt rather than chip away at it?
Who will give us a refreshed vision for Green Belt — or its successor — that we want in decades to come?
Can Green Belt both help meet housing and other development pressures and yet become a richer, more cherished, green space that is a model for innovative actions in sustainability and biodiversity?
Since Green Belt was first designated, there have been great advances in the understanding of urban growth, infrastructure needs and — not least — questions of sustainability and biodiversity. These and other factors need to figure in our planning.
Some organisations are starting to look for an evolution of Green Belt to give it a new life and enhanced role. The Landscape Institute wants to reframe the debate with these questions:
On the right we highlight innovative projects that are in Green Belt or may suggest ideas that could apply to Green Belt development.