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Green Belt

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there has been to the extent of green belt land in (a) England and (b) Coventry since 1997. (310679)

The extent of green belt land in England increased between 1997 and 2009 by around 34,000 hectares if one disregards the re-designation of 47,300 hectares as part of the New Forest National Park in 2005. Since development control in National Parks is very strict, that re-designation need not be seen as a loss of green belt countryside.

The area of green belt in Coventry has been maintained at around 3,020 hectares between 1997 and 2009.