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Oxford city from Hinksey Hill Oxford city from Hinksey Hill Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

It is often said that the Green Belt is one of the few planning policies recognised by the public. The concept of having a "green belt" around London to restrain appalling urban sprawl was promoted by CPRE and others from about 1930. Proposals for the Oxford Green Belt were submitted in 1958 but for various reasons were not formally approved until 1975. The Green Belt around Oxford covers 33,728 hectares (13% of land area of county).

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