481. Green Belts generally.

(5)     Green Belt

481.     Green Belts generally.

Green Belts are an essential part of planning policy1. Green Belt serves five purposes, to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas, to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another, to assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment, to preserve the setting and special character of historic towns and to assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land2. The Green Belt around London was established under the Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act 1938, 3but Green Belts may