Green Belt

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of green belt policy since 2010 in England.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

We have ensured strong protection for Green Belt in national planning policy, making clear that most new building is inappropriate there; and that a Green Belt boundary may be altered only in exceptional circumstances, using the Local Plan process. We abolished regional housing targets that threatened the Green Belt. Green Belt area remains constant at 13 per cent of England, successfully restraining unwanted urban sprawl in many areas. The Green Belt is 34,000 hectares larger than in 1997 if we disregard land reclassified as national park.

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