Statistics on designated green belt land in England by local authority for 2017 to 2018 have been published, indicating an incremental decrease of green belt each year.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) writes:
- The extent of the designated Green Belt in England as at 31 March 2018 was estimated at 1,629,510 hectares, around 12.5% of the land area of England.
- Overall there was a decrease of 5,070 hectares (0.3%) in the area of Green Belt between 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2018. In 2017/18, ten local planning authorities adopted new plans, with the result being a net decrease in the overall area of Green Belt compared to 31 March 2017.