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Green belt shrinks owing to inclusion in eight local plans

Words: Laura Edgar
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The green belt has decreased by 790 hectares because of the adoption by eight local authorities of their local plans, according to Department for Communities and Local Government statistics.

The statistics cover the period between 31 March 2016 and 31 March 2017.

At the end of that period, the designated green belt in England was estimated to be 1,634,700 hectares. It continues to account for 13 per cent of the land area of England.

During that time, eight local authorities adopted new plans that involved a change in area of the authority’s green belt:

  • Birmingham – a decrease of 10 per cent, from 4,150 to 3,730.
  • Bromsgrove (Worcestershire) – a decrease of 1 per cent, from 19,480 to 19,300 hectares.
  • Hertsmere (Hertfordshire) – a decrease of 1 per cent, from 8,040 to 7,990 hectares.
  • High Peak (Derbyshire) – decreased by less than five hectares.
  • Redditch (Worcestershire) – decreased by 2 per cent, from 1,830 to 1,800 hectares.
  • South Derbyshire – revised its green belt in 2015/16, resulting in a net increase of one hectare.
  • Stratford-on-Avon (Warwickshire) – a decrease from 22,370 to 22,360 hectares.
  • Vale of White Horse (Oxfordshire) – a decrease of 1 per cent, from 8,310 to 8,230 hectares.

The decrease of 790 hectares during 2016/17 is smaller than the 1,020 hectares reported in 2015/16.

Local Planning Authority Green Belt: England 2016/17 can be found on the UK Government website (pdf).

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