§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his general policy regarding the release of land for building originally approved as green belt, but which no longer has any amenity or agricultural value; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Graham Page
The general policy for land approved as green belt is that except in very special circumstances permission will not be given for the construction of new buildings or for the change of use of existing buildings for purposes other than agriculture, recreation or uses appropriate to a rural area. This policy applies to all land in a green belt including land which no longer has any amenity or agricultural value. No change is envisaged in this policy.