According to Green Belt statistics published by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Lancashire 12-authority area contained around 73,740 hectares (ha) designated as 'Green Belt' in 2017/18, or approximately 25% of the land area. A substantial proportion of the Green Belt land in the Lancashire-12 area is designated in West Lancashire district (43.6%), owing to the large amount of top grade farmland.
Between 2016/17 and 2017/18, ten local authorities in England have seen a reduction in Green Belt land. The net result is a decrease of 5,070 hectares in Green Belt across England; in 2017/18, the Green Belt covered 1,629,510 hectares, or 12.5% of England's total land area.
Of the ten authorities affected by reductions, none are in the Lancashire-14 area.
Green Belt land, 2017/18 (PDF 537 KB)
Page updated October 2018