PGS: Green Belt
The Green Belts, and particularly the London Green Belt, were created to fulfil these purposes:
To check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas.
To prevent neighbouring towns from merging into one another.
To assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment.
To preserve the setting and special character of historic towns and villages.
To assist in urban regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.
The Chiltern Society supports the principles of the Green Belt policy laid down in PPG2.
The essential characteristic of Green Belts is their permanence and their protection must be maintained to the utmost. Any proposals which affect green belt should be related to a much longer time scale than that normally adopted for other aspects of planning. Through monitoring of planning applications we aim to prevent any inappropriate building or change of use within the Green Belt.
The type or quality of landscape within the Green Belt is not a consideration, and any building proposal which suggests that the area under discussion is not beautiful and therefore not worth preserving is not a relevant planning consideration.