Key facts on the Metropolitan Green Belt

Key Facts on the Metropolitan Green Belt

 

General numbers

Surface area: 516,000 hectares – bigger than Trinidad and Tobago. In comparison, the Greater London Built-up Area is 173,700 hectares.

MGB Scales

68 local authorities and 8 counties are partly covered by the Metropolitan Green Belt.

 

The Metropolitan Green Belt and London

22% of Greater London is Green Belt but only 6.8% of the Metropolitan Green Belt is located in Greater London. This means that 93.2% of the Metropolitan Green Belt is located outside of London boundary, making it an important governance matter.

 

18 London Boroughs are covered by the Metropolitan Green Belt.

 

Composition of the Metropolitan Green Belt

There is are significant differences between the percentages of the Green Belt in London and the Metropolitan Green Belt as a whole:

Metropolitan Green Belt

In London

In total

Developed

2%

8%

Agricultural

59%

57%

Nature conservation

13%

5%

 

Sources

Green Belts: A Green Future, CPRE and Natural England, 2010.

Key London Figures, Greenspace Information for Greater London, 2015.  

The Green Belt: A Place for Londoners, London First, QUOD and SERC, 2015.

 

 

 

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