Definition of green belt in English:

green belt


  • 1British An area of open land around a city, on which building is restricted.

    ‘Darlington should preserve its green belt’
    • ‘The area stands within the green belt despite having been an industrial site in use since the late 18th century.’
    • ‘One of the biggest concerns for the town council is if we allow this one, it would open up the green belt to other applications.’
    • ‘It will ruin a green belt area and our lovely country village.’
    • ‘The firm must demonstrate ‘very special circumstances’ for building in the green belt.’
    • ‘There should be no further erosion of the green belt.’
    • ‘In fact, this is little more than a cleverly disguised plan to build houses on historic green belt land.’
    • ‘Secondly it is a green belt site and the council has a policy to develop brown belt first.’
    • ‘The owners of several sites have also carried out changes of use and minor building work on green belt land, without planning permission.’
    • ‘About 80 per cent of the City of York Council area is within the green belt.’
    • ‘The green belt must be safeguarded and any encroachment of this must be strongly opposed at all costs.’
    • ‘Sevenoaks Council has issued a warning to people thinking about buying plots of land in the green belt for housing.’
    • ‘‘We are preserving as much green belt land as we possibly can,’ she said.’
    • ‘In addition, the public generally may be affected if, for example, conservation areas or the green belt is affected.’
    • ‘They say the area is in the green belt and the proposed retail development is totally inappropriate and would set an unacceptable precedent if approved.’
    • ‘Bradford Council said the site was in a green belt area, which imposed restrictions on applications.’
    • ‘Little can be built in the grounds of a Grade One listed building and the area is also in a conservation area and green belt.’
    • ‘With its two spectacular churches dominating the skyline, its sprawling green belt and historic buildings, the market town of Beverley continues to attract incomers.’
    • ‘Last week, both ministers advocated ripping up Britain's green belt to solve the housing crisis.’
    • ‘Relaxing planning controls over development in the green belt would unleash a wave of unsustainable urban sprawl.’
    • ‘The council has a policy to refuse new buildings in the green belt unless they are for farming, forestry, outdoor sport and recreation or in very special circumstances.’
    grounds, ground, fields, open space, open area
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  • 2A green belt marking a level of proficiency in judo, karate, or other martial arts below that of a brown belt.

    • ‘She's working out her post-dot-bomb angst by training for a green belt in karate.’
    countryside, great outdoors
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    1. 2.1 A person qualified to wear a green belt.
      • ‘Heather was just a green belt; she wouldn't be able to do it.’


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