The Somerset PEDLs contain large areas of both the Avon Greenbelt and the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
- The Greenbelt covers 202 square kilometres (sq km) including 5.8 sq km covered by the Chew Valley reservoir.
- (The AONB overlaps with the Greenbelt by 22 sq km)
- The AONB covers an additional area of 99 sq km in addition to the Greenbelt
- 90% of the Chew Valley is within either the Greenbelt or the AONB
So a total of 301 sq km of Avon Greenbelt and Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are licensed for unconventional gas exploration and development – 45% of the total licensed area in Somerset.
Note that Balcombe in Sussex is also in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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