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Green Belt

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research the Government has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of its green belt policy in (i) meeting its primary purposes and (ii) delivering other benefits.

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

This Administration has not commissioned any specific research into the effectiveness of the green belt.

However, the National Planning Policy Framework states that green belt:

checks the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas; prevents neighbouring towns merging into one another; assists in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment; preserves the setting and special character of historic towns; and assists in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.

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