Green Belt

The ambition of National Planning Policy to create significant quantities of new homes, has put pressure on Local Authorities to review Green Belt boundaries within their area.

HDA has developed a comprehensive methodology for Green Belt review, which has been successfully used to assist in Green Belt Studies for local authorities and for developers looking to promote sites through a local plan.

HDA can provide specialist advice on Green Belt sites and judgements on the performance of Green Belt across a District or Parish.

project examples


HDA prepared a Landscape Capacity study for potential development sites within the Vale of White Horse District, which were considered as part of the Local Plan Part 2. The study provided the foundation to HDA’s Green Belt study and forms part of the evidence base used in the site selection process for the Local Plan. …


A residential led mixed use development for approximately 500 homes to the west of Hoddesdon. The project constituted a major development within the Green Belt. HDA has been involved with this project from the outset, providing initial baseline information and identifying landscape constraints and opportunities, which were used to inform the masterplan approach and layout. …