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Threat to London’s Green Belt Trebles in just four years

Andy Smith
By Andy Smith
19th February 2021

With 233,000 new homes currently planned, the amount of ‘protected’ Green Belt land around London is poised to shrink further, despite repeated Government assurances that it is safe from development. 

“There is little evidence that any affordable development in the London Metropolitan Green Belt is taking place. It is not providing homes for young people,” says the report.

London Green Belt Report – Facts

  • In 2016, 123,000 houses were proposed for the London Green Belt; this figure has now risen to a staggering 233,000
  • Councils across the region have enough previously developed land to deliver nearly 250,000 homes, more than enough to take the 233,000 new houses currently planned for the Green Belt
  • All but 12 of the 66 local authorities in the London Green Belt are proposing to allocate Green Belt land for housing
  • The three worst affected counties are Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. 

233,000 new homes are planned for the London Green Belt

Sign the petition: Say YES to protect the beauty of the Surrey Countryside

Read the full report: “Safe Under Us? The shrinking of London’s local countryside” 

For further information, please contact: Richard Knox-Johnston, Chair, London Green Belt Council, tel. 01795 844086, mobile 07899 795386; Andy Smith, Secretary, London Green Belt Council, tel. 07737 271676.