Green Belt 2012 Notes

Some comments on the Green Belt in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 OECD economic survey of the UK criticised policies that restricted housing

  • This note describes the Green Belt policy, which forms an important part of British planning policy. The issue of selling Green Belt land in the countryside in very small plots is covered in Green belt - sales of small plots (SN/SC/717).

  • The area of the Green Belt has not been reduced in recent years. Reductions in some areas have been offset by increases elsewhere.

  • In 2011 the Institute of Directors called for land to be released from the Green Belt to stimulate house building.

  • In 2011 the OECD criticised the Green Belt system for being an obstacle to house building.

  • On 27 March 2012, DCLG published the final version of the National Planning Policy Framework. It came into effect immediately, superseding the 2011 draft and all other planning guidance (except on waste). It maintains protection for the Green Belt.


    1. 1  The Green Belt in the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework 2

    2. 2  Some comments on the Green Belt in 2010 and 2011 3

    3. 3  Has the Green Belt been reduced in size? 5

    4. 4  Debate on Green Belt, October 2011 6

    5. 5  Major Developed Sites 8