English local planning authority Green Belt statistics for England in 2018/19 have been released today by the Office for National Statistics.
In the year to April 2019, 13 local planning authorities adopted new local plans, this has resulted in a decrease in the amount of Green Belt land on the previous year. This was a decrease of 3,290 hectares or 0.2% of Green Belt land.
However, the amount of Green Belt in England remains vast. It was estimated that England's Green Belt is 1,621,150 hectares, which is 12.4% of the land area of England.
Green Belt land is often incorrectly perceived as being simply a mechanism to protect greenfield land from being developed and confused with protections afforded to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a common misunderstanding; for clarity, the official purpose of the Green Belt is to do the following:
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