Mainly for students: Grappling with green belts

Paul Collins outlines the issues raised by the always-controversial topic of green belts and their impact on development.

Mention the words “green belt” to members of the public and you will often get a strongly held view. For some, it is about the legitimacy of green belts in keeping open countryside around towns or cities. For others, they are seen as a stranglehold on land that is badly needed for new housing. Most surveyors hold strong views on green belts, too.

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