Green belt land

Summary

According to Green Belt statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Lancashire 12-authority area contained around 69,790 hectares (ha) designated as 'Green Belt' in 2020/21, or approximately 24% of the land area. A substantial proportion of the Green Belt land in the Lancashire-12 area is designated in West Lancashire (44.3%), where it covers 90% of the district, owing to the large amount of top grade farmland.

Between 2019/20 and 2020/21, eleven local authorities in England have seen a reduction in Green Belt land due to the adoption of new boundaries. Two authorities have had very minor changes for other reasons. The net result is a decrease of 1,720 ha in Green Belt across England; in 2020/21, the Green Belt covered 1,614,000 ha, or 12.4% of England's total land area. 

The only authority in Lancashire to have any change in Green Belt land area, significant or otherwise, was Lancaster, where nearly 200 hectares was removed from the local plan, although not all of this will be made available for development. This was the fourth largest decrease in England.

Further analysis

Green Belt land, 2020/21 (PDF 522 KB) 

Page updated October 2021