Statistics on designated green belt land.
The latest national statistics on the extent of the green belt in England were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 7 March 2014.
Main points are:
- the extent of the designated green belt in England in 2012 to 2013 was estimated at 1,639,090 hectares, around 13% of the land area of England
- overall there has been a slight decrease of 390 hectares (around 0.02%) in area of green belt between 2011 to 2012 and 2012 to 2013; in 2012 to 2013, 4 authorities adopted new plans which resulted in the decrease in the overall area of green belt compared to 2011 to 2012
- the revised 2011 to 2012 green belt in England is estimated at 1,639,480 hectares, this is a slight increase of 70 hectares on the estimated 2011 to 2012 green belt area of 1,639,410 hectares published in November 2012; this change is due to a correction of the area of 1 local authority’s green belt boundary
- since these statistics were first compiled for 1997, there has been an increase in the area of green belt after taking account of the redesignation of some green belt as part of the New Forest National Park in 2005