To inform the preparation of planning policy, several studies relating to the Green Belt have been undertaken.
- The Green Belt Purpose Analysis looks at how land contributes to achieving national Green Belt purposes
- Green Belt Boundary Study looks at the current Green Belt boundary to ensure it is well defined and therefore defensible.
- Edge of Settlement Analysis considers the suitability of areas at the edge of existing settlements for development. The process is iterative and has informed the identification of 23 areas for consultation as part of the Borough Local Plan First Preferred Options Consultation (January 2014).