Land use futures

Foresight project looking at the future of land use in the UK over the next 50 years.

This project took a broad and overarching look at the future of UK land use up to 2060 and beyond. It covered the whole spectrum of land use from urban to rural.

The project explored:

  • the land use challenges the UK could face over the next 50 years
  • the existing structures and mechanisms and their capacity to help us meet these challenges
  • the opportunities to use and manage land differently now and in the future

It has produced an evidence base which will help government and other policy makers understand whether existing land use patterns and practice are fit for the future.

The project was guided by a high level stakeholder group and a lead group of experts to ensure that it used the most relevant evidence and research on land use topics. Over 35 evidence papers were commissioned to inform the analysis.

The project was sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Project report


Updates to this page

Published 26 February 2010