Metropolitan Green Belt

Metropolitan Green Belt

The Metropolitan Green Belt is a statutory green belt around London, England. It includes designated parts of Greater London and the surrounding counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey in the South East and East of England regions.[1]


The Metropolitan Green Belt was the first such area of protected open land to be mooted in the United Kingdom, by the Greater London Regional Planning Committee in 1935. The Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act 1938 permitted local authorities around London to purchase land to be protected as open space and enter into covenants with landowners that open spaces would not be given over to development. The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 permitted local authorities to designate areas to be protected as part of the green belt within their development plans.[2]

Designated area

The areas designated as the Metropolitan Green Belt in 2009 were as follows. 19 of the 32 London boroughs have green belt land and at least some part of every district in Surrey and Hertfordshire is included.

District (planning authority) Region of England Geographic county Area (hectares)
Aylesbury Vale South East Buckinghamshire 4,800
Barking and Dagenham London Greater London 530
Barnet London Greater London 2,380
Basildon East Essex 6,950
Bexley London Greater London 1,120
Bracknell Forest South East Berkshire 3,840
Brentwood East Essex 13,690
Bromley London Greater London 7,730
Broxbourne East Hertfordshire 3,330
Castle Point East Essex 2,750
Chelmsford East Essex 12,900
Chiltern South East Buckinghamshire 17,380
Croydon London Greater London 2,310
Dacorum East Hertfordshire 10,690
Dartford South East Kent 4,110
Ealing London Greater London 330
East Hertfordshire East Hertfordshire 17,530
Elmbridge South East Surrey 5,610
Enfield London Greater London 3,090
Epping Forest East Essex 31,680
Epsom and Ewell South East Surrey 1,560
Gravesham South East Kent 7,670
Greenwich London Greater London < 5
Guildford South East Surrey 24,110
Haringey London Greater London 60
Harlow East Essex 640
Harrow London Greater London 1,090
Havering London Greater London 6,010
Hertsmere East Hertfordshire 8,040
Hillingdon London Greater London 4,970
Hounslow London Greater London 1,220
Kingston upon Thames London Greater London 640
Luton East Bedfordshire 140
Maidstone South East Kent 530
Medway South East Kent 1,340
Mid Bedfordshire East Bedfordshire 9,490
Mid Sussex South East West Sussex 20
Mole Valley South East Surrey 19,650
Newham London Greater London 80
North Hertfordshire East Hertfordshire 14,250
Redbridge London Greater London 2,060
Reigate and Banstead South East Surrey 8,890
Richmond upon Thames London Greater London 140
Rochford East Essex 12,760
Runnymede South East Surrey 6,140
Sevenoaks South East Kent 34,400
Slough South East Berkshire 830
South Bedfordshire East Bedfordshire 18,720
South Bucks South East Buckinghamshire 12,350
Southend-on-Sea East Essex 610
Spelthorne South East Surrey 3,320
St Albans East Hertfordshire 13,140
Stevenage East Hertfordshire 260
Surrey Heath South East Surrey 4,190
Sutton London Greater London 620
Tandridge South East Surrey 23,300
Three Rivers East Hertfordshire 6,840
Thurrock East Essex 11,980
Tonbridge and Malling South East Kent 17,060
Tunbridge Wells South East Kent 7,130
Uttlesford East Essex 3,810
Waltham Forest London Greater London 840
Watford East Hertfordshire 410
Waverley South East Surrey 21,150
Welwyn Hatfield East Hertfordshire 10,250
Windsor and Maidenhead South East Berkshire 16,480
Woking South East Surrey 4,020
Wokingham South East Berkshire 2,900
Wycombe South East Buckinghamshire 15,630
TOTAL 514,495


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