Building on green belt land


The Campaign for Rural England says that if current targets are to be met in the next 12 years, more than 2,250 hectares of greenfield land – including areas of land currently designated as green belt – is set to be developed for housing every year. By 2020 this would mean the lose of 27,182 hectares, an area equivalent to over 36,000 football pitches or the city of Birmingham.

Gosh, horrors! So, umm, how much is that of however much green belt land there is?

Umm, there\’s apparently 16,766 square kilometres of it. 100 hectares to a sq kilometre…so the worry is about building, over the next 12 years, on less than 2% of green belt land.

Quite terrifying, I think you\’ll have to agree.

Note please that I\’ve only used green belt land, while the actual complaint is about greenfield, a hugely larger number.

Britain is losing more than 2,250 hectares of greenfield land every year, according to new figures, resulting in the loss of an area the size of Birmingham by 2020.

That does open up an intruiging solution. Build where people want to live of course, then balance it by doing a Carthage on Birmingham. Everyone\’s then happy, no?

6 thoughts on “Building on green belt land”

  1. More to the point, that 16,766 sq km is slightly over ten per cent of surface area of England & Wales; about as much as the developed areas – the other eighty per cent is just farmland or national parks etc.

  2. All such nimby-whinging stories should be accompanied by a link to Google Earth for the UK. There is an amazing amount of green to build on, especially since the EU won’t let us farm it (set aside)

  3. Building on green field is surely superior to building on green belt – you’re not breaking what was virtually a contract.

  4. So, even if it were ALL geenBELT, 2% over the next 12 years?

    CRE are being highly disingenuous here. Lets have the greenbelt figure, eh, chaps?

    Glerth will show is were we can build, but for me the issue is how planning tends to get in the way of self-build. I really think that if we just let individuals organically build (and by this I do not mean using straw…) where they want to and not limit all developments just to those organisations that can shove developments through the planning process.

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