The Landscape Institute is calling for a strategic review of planning policy to redefine the purposes of Green Belt

The Landscape Institute Policy and Communications Committee invites LI members to read and respond to a draft briefing paper on Green Belt policy.

The briefing paper considers opportunities to transform the landscape of Green Belt, to reposition it to deliver widely valued social and environmental objectives and thus create strong, resilient communities and sustainable places.

Download the briefing paper (.doc, 403kb)


This briefing paper, circulated to all LI members for consultation purposes, considers that the objective of Green Belt policy – to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open – is probably more relevant today than when the original policy guidance was issued in 1955.

The conflict between development and Green Belt has been a constant theme throughout the history of the policy, and current housing pressures and government advice are such that it is potentially more open to erosion and mismanagement today than that at any other time.

The Landscape Institute is calling for a strategic review of planning policy to redefine the purposes of Green Belt, to include a multi-functional role as part of a UK-wide green infrastructure framework, and for delivery mechanisms to be developed to put these changes into action.

This draft document is being distributed to the Landscape Institute membership for everyone to read and respond. We are seeking members’ views about this draft briefing paper, and our intention to contribute to and lead the debate around Green Belt policy, before we move forward to publish a final version more widely.

The LI Head of Policy and Influencing will review your responses, and incorporate members’ views into the final version of the Briefing Paper with support from the Green Belt Working Group.

The deadline for your responses, taking into account the summer holidays, is Friday 8th September 2017. Please send your responses to .

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