Green Belt

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hectares of land that were previously green belt have been removed from the green belt in local plans adopted in England in each year from 2011 to the present; and how many more hectares are proposed to be so removed in local plans yet to be adopted.

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The published annual statistical releases and associated tables at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/green-belt-statistics provide information on the local authority areas within which land had been transferred from the Green Belt - and the hectares of land involved - for each year from 2010-11 to 2018-19.

In addition, Table 2 of the 2018-19 release provides figures for the net change in the size of the Green Belt for each year from 2010-11 to 2018-19 separately.

Information for 2019-20 is due to be published in September or October 2020.

The local plans process does not provide for the department to routinely receive information on the numbers of hectares of land proposed for removal from the Green Belt. Until a revised development plan is submitted to formal examination, any Green Belt boundary changes would be conjecture.

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