Evidence Base - Green Belt
Green Belt Study – Introduction
A Brief History of the Wyre Forest Green Belt
The current Green Belt (GB) in Wyre Forest District Council (WFDC) was determined by the 1989 Urban Areas Local Plan and arose from the wider West Midlands Green Belt definition. Subsequent reviews of the WFDC Plan were made in 1994, 2004 and 2010. These typically did not identify the need for any adjustment except around some of the larger villages. Within WFDC, the extent of the GB includes all the land as far west as the River Severn, but excludes the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley and the smaller settlements of Blakedown, Cookley and Fairfield.
Green Belt Definition
National Planning Policy Framework (para 134) defines the purpose of Green Belt via five criteria:
- 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 land.
Green Belt does not therefore have a landscape protection role.