The green belt is disappearing at an “alarming rate” with the equivalent of 5,000 football pitches lost because of a relaxation of planning laws, a report warns today.
Developers are being allowed to “gobble up” green belt land as local authorities release it for house building to meet Government targets for new homes, the report says.
The situation is set to get worse, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) with 460,000 homes currently planned for land which will be released from the green belt.
5,000 football fields is usually said to be 10,000 acres.
Green belt is 1.6 million hectares, some 3.8 million acres. A while 0.25% ha been gobbled up.
As opposed to the idea that people now get to build homes where people would like to live……