LA Green Belt Statistics For England 2019 - 2020

 

The extent of land designated as Green Belt in England as at 31 March 2020 was estimated at 1,615,800 hectares, around 12.4% of the land area of England.

Overall there was a decrease of 3,520 hectares (0.2%) in the area of land designated as Green Belt between 31 March 2019 and 31 March 2020.

In 2019-20, fifteen local authorities adopted new plans, with the result being a net decrease of 3,170 hectares in the overall area of land designated as Green Belt compared to 31 March 2019.

The extent of land designated as Green Belt in England as at 31 March 2020 was estimated at 1,616,150 hectares, around 12.4% of the land area of England.

The South East has the largest area of land designated as Green Belt with 306,340 hectares, followed by the West Midlands with 265,010 and Yorkshire and the Humber with 262,270 hectares. Out of the nine regions, London has the smallest area of land designated as Green Belt with 34,790 hectares but has the highest proportion of its total land area designated as Green Belt with 22.1%.

The region with the smallest percentage of its land designated as Green Belt is the South West with 107,610 hectares, accounting for only 4.5% of its total land area.

Of the fifteen local authorities reporting changes to their land designated as Green Belt, Guildford contributed 46% of this change alone, with a reduction in its Green Belt of six per cent.

Credit MHCLG September 2020.  Read the full report here.