Within the Colne Valley Regional Park (CVRP) the overwhelming majority of land is designated Green Belt. Only defined larger urban areas (such as Poyle, Iver and Maple Cross) are excluded.
Like the CVRP itself, the Green Belt has been in place for over half a century now and Government planning policy states that:
“The fundamental aim of the Green Belt is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open.” (from Para 137 of the 2021 National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF).
The control and management of development within the Green Belt rests, in the first instance, with each Local Authority.
National policy (in Para 145 of the NPPF) also says: “Once Green Belts have been defined, local planning authorities should plan positively to enhance their beneficial use, such as looking for opportunities to provide access; to provide opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation; to retain and enhance landscapes, visual amenity and biodiversity; or to improve damaged and derelict land.”