asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has made any changes in planning regulations governing building in green belt areas since taking office; and whether he has any proposals for changes in the immediate future.
No. There are no planning regulations specifically concerned with building in green belt areas. Green belts are designated, and their development restraint policies set out, by local planning authorities in their structure and local plans. I attach great importance to the maintenance of green belts and I am satisfied that present policies are operating satisfactorily.