Finding a balance between environmental protection and economic growth is not an easy task. Today, the UK is facing just this challenge. In this paper, public-policy analyst Tom Papworth of the Adam Smith Institute questions the practicality of the beliefs of economists, policy makers and environmentalists who support the UK’s “Green Belt” policy. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends Papworth’s cogent if controversial analysis to environmentalists, town planners and policy makers.
In this summary, you will learn
- How green belts in the UK are a setback to its economic development, and counter-productive to businesses and households;
- Why urban green spaces are more accessible than green belts; and
- How the UK can tackle its housing crisis by abolishing green belts.
About the Author
Tom Papworth is a fellow of The Adam Smith Institute and an associate director at CentreForum. He has more than 15 years of expertise in the field of public policy and research.