Could there be a Green Belt for Norwich?

There are no green belts designated anywhere in Norfolk and the nearest is around Cambridge. Critically, green belts do not stop development but move that pressure from the edges of a city to surrounding ‘satellite’ towns. Also, under Government policy, new green belts can only be set up in exceptional circumstances. In Greater Norwich, the control of development in the countryside is done through the use of countryside protection policies. Backed by Government policy, known as the National Planning Policy Framework, the use of countryside protection policies will continue in the new local plan. Therefore, although the possibility of a green belt has been considered, it has not been taken forward in the Draft Plan.