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Regional Planning and Development: Greenbelt

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proposals for reviews or changes to green belt land are contained within the draft regional spatial strategies. (171497)

Green belts have performed an important role in preventing urban sprawl and protecting the countryside for 50 years and Government have no plans to change its policy on the green belt set out in Planning Policy Guidance Note 2. Green belt boundary reviews are matters for local planning authorities and regional planning bodies. Boundaries can only be changed in exceptional circumstances and after public consultation and public inquiry through the development plan process. Nationally, the amount of green belt land continues to grow, with an 80,000 acre increase since 1997.

The relevant policies in draft regional spatial strategies which currently refer to green belt land are as follows:

North East—Policy 6.5

North West—Policy RDF5

Yorkshire and Humber —Policy YH9 %20welcomes%20publication%20of%20RSS%20 panel%20report/

East Midlands—Policy 27

West Midlands

West Midlands Phase 1—no reference to green belt

West Midlands Phase 2—no reference to green belt

West Midlands Phase 3—currently under preparation

East of England—Policy SS7

South East—Policy CCl0a plan.html

South West—Policy 3.35 (Draft)

London—No review of the green belt proposed