ASI report The Green Noose: An analysis of Green Belts and proposals for reformfeatures in The Times.
The Adam Smith Institute, a free-market think-tank, argued in a report in January that two million homes could be built on green belt land, much of which was not worth protecting because it was used for intensive farming.
Entitled The Green Noose, the report said restrictions on building in green belts pushed development into dormitory towns, increasing pollution from transport because people had to travel further to work.
The new ASI report, The Green Noose: An analysis of Green Belts and proposals for reform, looks at the Green Belt’s impact on England’s housing shortage. After a comprehensive review of the causes of the housing crisis, it concludes that the planning structure is out of date and in need of radical reform.