|As you can see, York is 82% green belt|
|See the whole lot here|
The reason I’ve done this is because I’m interested in land use, land cover and suchlike, and I know others are too. This version of the Atlas uses the latest data (2016-17 green belt boundaries), which you can find on data.gov.uk, along with data for previous years.
But wait! Why map this at a local authority level? Well, clearly the green belts were not designated at the individual local authority level, and that’s fine. But if we’re looking at the kinds of things local planning authorities have responsibility for (e.g. housing) then they do need to be aware of this kind of thing, in my opinion. The Plain English guide to the planning system (paragraph 32) is a good reference point for this:
“This means that the requirement to meet housing needs must be balanced against other important considerations, such as protecting the Green Belt or addressing climate change and flooding.”
So, my view is that it’s entirely logical and sensible to look at this from a local perspective.
Full green belt spreadsheet