Green Belt

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd August 2016.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 13 July (HL1065), which are the 24 local authorities that have adopted new green belt boundaries and what is their estimate of (1) the subsequent loss of greenbelt land, and (2) how much greenbelt land has been lost in England during the last five years.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The list of 24 local authorities (see below) that have adopted new Green Belt boundaries in the last five years will be placed in the Library of the House. This includes an estimate of the increase or decrease in Green Belt area in each case. Over the last five years the area of Green Belt nationally decreased by 0.2 per cent , and overall the Green Belt is larger than it was in 1997 if we disregard land re-classified as national park.

2014-15

Area of designated Green Belt land 2014/15 (hectares)

Change from 2013/14 (hectares)

Bath and North East Somerset

24,690

-100 (0%)

-100

Bolton

7,230

-50 (-1%)

-50

Broxtowe

5,130

-20 (0%)

-20

Cheshire West and Chester

39,170

-60 (0%)

-60

Christchurch

3,270

-200 (-6%)

-200

East Dorset

16,720

-160 (-1%)

-160

Gateshead

8,530

-150 (-2%)

-150

Newcastle upon Tyne

3,980

-410 (-9%)

-410

Rushcliffe

16,570

-670 (-4%)

-670

Solihull

11,870

-40 (0%)

-40

Three Rivers

6,720

-110 (-2%)

-10

2013-14

Area of designated Green Belt land 2013/14 (hectares)

Change from 2012/13 (hectares)

Rochford

12,570

-190 (-2%)

-190

South Gloucestershire

23,030

-210 (-1%)

-210

West Lancashire

34,470

-150 (0%)

-150

2012-13

Area of designated Green Belt land 2012/13 (hectares)

Change from 2011/12 (hectares)

Ealing

310

-20 (-6%)

-20

Manchester

1,280

-430 (-25%)

-430

Purbeck

8,200

+460 (+6%)

460

Wakefield

23,500

-400 (-2%)

-400

2011-12

Area of designated Green Belt land 2011/12 (hectares)

Change from 2010/11 (hectares)

Chelmsford

12,850

-35 (0%)

-35

Hyndburn

3,990

-41 (-1%)

-41

Thurrock

11,920

-51 (0%)

-51

2010-11

Area of designated Green Belt land 2010/11 (hectares)

Change from 2009/10 (hectares)

Enfield

3,060

-30 (-1%)

-30

Vale of WH

8,310

+5 (0%)

5

Slough

860

+30 (+3%)

30

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