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Planning: Land Use

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which areas of green belt she has earmarked for (a) development and (b) mitigation; and what areas of brownfield land she expects to be built on in the next 10 years. (165864)

Local authorities, rather than the Secretary of State, have primary responsibility for planning and managing development in their areas. Local authorities are responsible for defining their green belt boundaries, in line with national policy, through their development plans. National Government policy on the green belt was confirmed in the Planning White Paper and Housing Green Paper. Government have set a national target that at least 60 per cent. of new housing development should be on brownfield land; currently around three quarters of housing development is on brownfield land.