One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British An area of open land around a city, on which building is restricted.‘Darlington should preserve its green belt’
grounds, ground, fields, open space, open areaView synonyms
- ‘Last week, both ministers advocated ripping up Britain's green belt to solve the housing crisis.’
- ‘The area stands within the green belt despite having been an industrial site in use since the late 18th century.’
- ‘The green belt must be safeguarded and any encroachment of this must be strongly opposed at all costs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘About 80 per cent of the City of York Council area is within the green belt.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The owners of several sites have also carried out changes of use and minor building work on green belt land, without planning permission.’
- ‘Secondly it is a green belt site and the council has a policy to develop brown belt first.’
- ‘With its two spectacular churches dominating the skyline, its sprawling green belt and historic buildings, the market town of Beverley continues to attract incomers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In fact, this is little more than a cleverly disguised plan to build houses on historic green belt land.’
- ‘It will ruin a green belt area and our lovely country village.’
- ‘‘We are preserving as much green belt land as we possibly can,’ she said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The firm must demonstrate ‘very special circumstances’ for building in the green belt.’
- ‘There should be no further erosion of the green belt.’
- ‘Sevenoaks Council has issued a warning to people thinking about buying plots of land in the green belt for housing.’
- ‘In addition, the public generally may be affected if, for example, conservation areas or the green belt is affected.’
- ‘Bradford Council said the site was in a green belt area, which imposed restrictions on applications.’
- ‘Relaxing planning controls over development in the green belt would unleash a wave of unsustainable urban sprawl.’
2A green belt marking a level of proficiency in judo, karate, or other martial arts below that of a brown belt.
countryside, great outdoorsView synonyms
- ‘She's working out her post-dot-bomb angst by training for a green belt in karate.’
- 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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