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Green Belt

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of designated Green Belt land lost their Green Belt designation in each Government Office Region in England in each year since 1997. (155705)

The following table shows the net amount of designated green belt land lost by Government office region in hectares for the years for which data is available.

Net area loss of designated green belt by Government office region

Net losses in hectares between:

Government office region

1997 and 2003

2003 and 2004

2004 and 2006

North East

North West

-20

-280

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

-190

-40

-580

West Midlands

-30

-204

East

-448

London

-20

South East1

-47,630

South West

-230

1 The 2004 to 2006 figure includes 47,300 hectares of designated green belt land in New Forest DC and Test Valley DC which was designated as New Forest National Park in 2005.

Excluding the 47,300 hectares of green belt land which was designated as National Park in 2005, the total amount of green belt increased across England by 27,850 hectares over the nine-year period 1997 to 2006.