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South and West Yorkshire Green Belt

Map of the South and West Yorkshire green belt showing extents, districts, counties, and other nearby green belts.
  South & West Yorkshire green belt
  County borders
  District borders
  York green belt
  North West green belt
  Stoke-on-Trent green belt
  Nottingham and Derby green belt

The South and West Yorkshire Green Belt is a green belt environmental and planning policy that regulates the rural space within the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. It is contained within the counties of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, and Derbyshire. Essentially, its primary function is to more rigorously manage development around the cities, towns and villages in the large West Yorkshire Urban Area[1][2][3][4][5]-[6][7], the Sheffield urban area[8][9] and surrounding towns of Barnsley,[10] Doncaster,[11] Rotherham,[12] as well as other nearby locations,[13][14][15] in order to discourage urban sprawl and further convergence between these.[16] It is managed by local planning authorities on guidance from central government.



Land area total of the green belt is 248,241 hectares (2,482.41 km2; 958.46 sq mi) (1.9% of the total land area of England (2010)[17]. The vast coverage is within the South and West Yorkshire counties, with extensions towards Harrogate and Knaresborough in the south of the North Yorkshire county, and Chesterfield in north eastern Derbyshire.

The South and West Yorkshire Green Belt is contiguous with the North West Green Belt along the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire county boundary, creating a continuous band of protected area through to the English western coastline by the River Mersey and Irish Sea. The City of York Green Belt is also a few miles to the north east.

The Peak District National Park lies between the green belt and the Stoke-on-Trent Green Belt to the southwest, while Nottingham's green belt is to the south. As the green belt lies across several counties, responsibility and co-ordination rests with the many local district councils whose land covers the belt, as these are the local planning government bodies.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Unitary Development Plan".
  2. ^ Council, Bradford Metropolitan District. "Land allocations Development Plan Document". Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
  3. ^ "Calderdale Council - Green Belt Review 2016".
  4. ^ "Kirklees Local Plan Submission Documents SD19 Green Belt Review – April 2017" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Green belt review - Wakefield Council" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Harrogate District Local Plan - Green Belt background paper" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Green Belt Review".
  9. ^ "Adopted Sheffield Local Plan".
  10. ^ "Green Belt review".
  11. ^ Council, Doncaster. "Green Belt review - Doncaster Council".
  12. ^ Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough. "Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council download - Local Plan Core Strategy documentation | Environment and planning | Planning and regeneration".
  13. ^ "North East Derbyshire Green Belt Review Part 1 – Policy Review North East Derbyshire District Council February 2017".
  14. ^ "Chesterfield Borough Council - Current Local Plan". 9 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Bolsover District Plan".
  16. ^ Fawcett, Tony. "Green Belts: A greener future - Campaign to Protect Rural England".
  17. ^ "Green Belts in England: Key facts - A series of factsheets on England's 14 Green Belts".

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