Last edited 21 Sep 2020

Metropolitan open land (MOL)

Metropolitan open land (MOL) is a form of land designation within London. Land designated as MOL is intended to be protected as an area of landscape, recreation, nature conservation or scientific interest. MOL designation provides land with the same level of protection as the Green Belt.

For land to be designated as MOL, it should conform with at least one of the following stipulations:

For any alterations to be made to an MOL boundary, the boroughs should go through the local development framework (LDF) process, in consultation with both the Mayor of London and the adjoining authorities.

The London Plan, published by the Mayor of London in March 2016, suggests that Metropolitan Open Land is: ‘Strategic open land within the urban area that contributes to the structure of London.’

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