According to green belt statistics published by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Lancashire 14-authority area contained around 79,070 hectares (ha) designated as 'green belt' in 2016/17, or approximately 25% of the land area. A substantial proportion of the green belt land in the Lancashire-14 area is designated in West Lancashire district (43.6%), owing to the large amount of top grade farmland.
Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, seven local authorities in England have seen a reduction in green belt land, although one of these lost less than 5 hectares so is not counted in the data tables. One other saw an increase of only around 1 hectare. The net result is a decrease of 790 hectares in green belt across England; in 2016/17, the green belt covered 1,634,700 hectares, or 13% of England's total land area.
Of the eight authorities affected, none are in the Lancashire-14 area.
Green belt land, 2016/17 (PDF 460 KB)
Page updated September 2017