There are 14 Green Belts in England — ranging from c.516,000 ha in the London belt, to just 700 ha at Burton-on-Trent. Green Belt totals c.1,600,000 ha, 13 per cent of all land in England.
Use the map below to interact with a detailed view of Green Belt locations. Source: Alasdair Rae, University of Sheffield
In December 2015 the Government launched the consultation on proposed changes to national planning policy, with a submission deadline of 22 February 2016. This sought ‘views on specific changes to national planning policy to support the delivery of new homes...’ While expressing commitment to the Green Belt, the document suggests brownfield land in the Green Belt could be released for starter homes.
Planning guidance already permits some development in Green Belt. The 2012 framework states a local planning authority should regard the construction of new buildings as inappropriate in Green Belt. Exceptions to this are:
Input into that consultation, along with public and private lobbying, will have ranged from complete ‘hands off the Green Belt’ to opening up significant patches of land to the developer.
Here we showcase a range of the conflicting opinions (including allowing them to keep their conflicting style rules for ‘Green Belt’):
Paul Cheshire, professor emeritus for economic geography at the London School of Economics, undergoes a grilling from Conor Gearty, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and Professor in Human Rights Law. Cheshire is a leading proponent of the case for building on the Green Belt to help relieve the housing crisis.
Source: London School of Economics;