Green wedges

Fabiano Lemes

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The Green Belt (pictured right) came into being as the result of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. Its total area was 110,000 hectares and its purpose was to stem the sprawl of London into the surrounding countryside. In 1986 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened the M25 Motorway, which girdles the green belt and upon leaving which motorists heading into London from Lincolnshire or the Isle or Wight drive through several miles of countryside before reaching the outer boroughs. Since its inception the Green Belt has been ‘inviolate’. This sounds pleasant enough but only a year ago a national newspaper published a feature by a Housing and Planning Consultant who argued that London would very shortly run out of building space and the ‘out of date’ green belt is the culprit. The author did not propose an alternative; which is not to say that the Green Belt has ever been the inevitable or the only solution to a recognised problem. In 2012 the London Society was delighted to be approached by a planning specialist who wished to consult the London Society Plan of 1918 as part of his research into an alternative proposal. The results of his researches are below.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-13
Number of pages3
JournalLondon Society Journal
Issue number465
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • green wedges
  • green infrastructures
  • open spaces
  • town planning


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  • Green, bright and modern: green-wedge visions for London

    Lemes De Oliveira, F., 24 Jul 2014, Proceedings of the 16th international Planning History Society, University of Florida and Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, July 20-24, 2014: select full papers. Silver, C. & Zhu, D. (eds.). Florida: International Planning History Society, p. 215-233

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