and July 4 2005 for the Campaign to Protect Rural England - were
unveiled today exactly 50 years since the publication of the original
Government circular instructing councils to look at setting up Green
The poll found wide public awareness of Green Belts.
People fear the biggest threats facing them are housebuilding, road
building and other kinds of development including airport expansion.
Unveiling the findings, CPRE's head of planning Henry Oliver said:
'Today we' re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Green Belts in
England. This poll shows they have very wide public recognition and
The CPRE said that Green Belts are today under threat as never
before due to Government plans for massive housing growth in the wider South East and proposed new roads and airport runways.
Mr Oliver added: 'Green Belts need to be resolutely defended
from these threats, yet even professional planners, who should be
their strongest defenders, sometimes scoff at Green Belt as too
simple and too restrictive to be a proper planning tool.'