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Protecting green belt land

What is green belt land?

Green belts are a buffer between towns, and between town and countryside. The green belt designation is a planning tool and the aim of green belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; however, there is not necessarily a right of access there. There are 14 green belts in England and 1 in Wales. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), updated July 2018, contains specific reference to protecting green belt land (see Chapter 13, paras 133-147) in England.

Threats

Green belts are coming under increasing threat to meet the need for the supply of land for housing.

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The role of OSS

The society would normally only become involved where public access and enjoyment are affected. This may include a view from public-access land and/or public paths.

What you can do

It is important to get involved at an early stage when possible changes to green belt are proposed:

1. respond to any local plan review which proposes a change to green belt
2. get involved in your neighbourhood planning forum
3. check and respond to planning applications

Guidance/assistance

England:
CPRE research ‘Green belt under siege – the NPPF three years on’ (March 2015)
CPRE ‘Green belts in England – key facts’
Wales:
CPRW – Protecting and caring for all Welsh landscape