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Green Belt

People in Clent Hills Green Belt, Worcestershire People in Clent Hills Green Belt, Worcestershire Photo: © David Hughes/Shutterstock

Green Belt is one of the most popular and successful planning policies on the statute book.

Green Belts are areas of countryside around our major cities where development can only take place under ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Our view

We welcome the government’s commitment to protect Green Belt but are monitoring whether local authorities respond positively to that commitment

In the West Midlands there are three Green Belts. One around Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry, (which extends out as far as town such Rugby, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Alcester, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Telford, Rugeley, Lichfield and Nuneaton), one around the North Staffordshire conurbation, and a few patchy areas around Burton.

As well as forming rings around our cities, they include important green wedges stretching into the cities, for example, from Lichfield to the Sandwell Valley.

Our Green Belts include some of the most beautiful and accessible countryside in the region, for example, the Clent Hills. However the role of Green Belts is primarily to stop our cities sprawling outwards, as they have in areas of countries like America and Australia.

They help to ensure our cities are compact and sustainable, including reducing the amount of travel (and hence carbon dioxide emissions).

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