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Local Planning Authority Green Belt Statistics: England 2008/09

Published 24 April 2009
Type(s) Statistics
Site Corporate
ISBN 9781409814009
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The latest National Statistics on the estimates of the area of designated Green Belt land in local authorities in England were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 24 April 2009.

This release presents estimates of the area of Green Belt land in England by region and by local authority as at 31 March 2009. The estimates are based on an improving methodology whereby an increasing number of local authority estimates are provided from digital mapping. This means that the 2008/09 estimates are regarded as more reliable than those previously published.

Key points from this latest release are:

  • Designated Green Belt land in England as at 31 March 2009 was estimated at 1,638,840 hectares, about 13 per cent of the land area of England.
  • There has been a net Increase of 3,170 hectares when compared with the 2007 estimates. Of this net increase 3,330 hectares was as a result of improved measuring techniques and the impact of Ordnance Survey's positional accuracy improvement exercise on some local authorities' data rather than a real net increase. The remaining net increase of 10 hectares was due to reasons unknown.
  • The largest net increase as a result of improved measurement was in the North West (2,430 hectares) whilst the largest net decrease was in East Midlands (380 hectares).
  • Between 1 January 2008 and 31 March 2009, three authorities adopted new plans which resulted in a real net decrease of 170 hectares.

The full Green Belt Statistical Release and the accompanying annexes are available below.


  • This publication is only available online.


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