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Green Belt: Under Renewed Threat?

Green Belt land covers 12.4% of England and is mostly open land and countryside around the largest or most historic towns and cities. International comparisons suggest that without strong protection, these areas would have long since been lost to urban sprawl. The Government has stated clearly that it attaches great importance to the Green Belt and that it will seek to maintain existing levels of protection. However, this briefing details evidence gathered by CPRE showing that Green Belts are under threat across England.


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