is a Planning Designation for land around
cities and built up areas which aims to keep the land largely
undeveloped; check unrestricted sprawl; save the countryside
from encroachment; and other laudable values. It is defined by
the local planning authority's development plans.
It is not necessarily all "green", as many incorporated
buildings and partially developed land is encompassed.
Whereas it is fiercely protected under planning law and very
difficult for the average house owner to build much within -
it is not sacrosanct. Big money has been known to have a large
Similar terms such as Greenfield
(which is land that
has not previously been developed - usually farmland), is not
necessarily Green Belt unless it has been specifically
designated and incorporated into the area planning
legislation. In our case it is Green Belt, Green Field and
high quality agricultural land.
is a Planning Term for previously developed
land which has or had, a permanent structure on it.
Development is normally encouraged on such land.
Map of Central England Green Belt © Natural England