Green Belt

MQT on 2013-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2013
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You responded to questions last month on the government's green belt policy (4172/2012, 4173/2012, 4174/2012) by noting 'the government is not proposing [sic] change its policy on the green belt and so is not proposing to make any more green belt land in London available for development.' However, in September, the Chancellor George Osborne encouraged local authorities to increase 'land swaps' under which they can allow development on green belt so long as they have identified other green land elsewhere for protection. Do you agree that councils should pursue these 'land swaps' more frequently, or are they a threat to the Green Belt?


Answer for Green Belt

Answer for Green Belt

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received 8 February 2013.

Green belt boundaries are determined by the boroughs, the Government's advice on when/how boundaries should be altered is clearly stated in the National Planning Policy Framework and this advice has not been changed. It is consistent with my London Plan policies. If a borough were to propose a land swap in a development plan document I would need to judge such a swap against relevant London Plan policies including those on the protection of the Green Belt.