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 69,980 hectares (ha) designated as 'Green Belt' in 2019/20, 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 2018/19 and 2019/20, fifteen local authorities in England have seen a reduction in Green Belt land due to the adoption of new boundaries. Some authorities have had minor changes for other reasons. The net result is a decrease of 3,520 ha in Green Belt across England; in 2019/20, the Green Belt covered 1,615,800 ha, or 12.4% of England's total land area. 

There were minor changes in the Lancashire-12 authorities of Fylde (-10 ha), West Lancashire (-40 ha) and South Ribble (+20 ha), mainly because of changes to methodology used by MHCLG.

The latest statistics also include revisions to the 2018/19 totals, which in the case of South Ribble was revised down by 170 ha.

Further analysis

Green Belt land, 2019/20 (PDF 807 KB) 

Page updated September 2020