Less conversion of productive land
Norwegian municipalities permitted the transfer of 6 700 decares of cultivated land and 3 900 decares of cultivable land to non-agricultural use in 2011. The area of cultivated land transferred was almost the same as the previous year, while the area of cultivable land transferred decreased by 1 700 decares in the same period.
A total of 10 500 decares of cultivated and cultivable land was transferred under the provisions of the Land Act and the Planning and Building Act in 2011.
About 25 per cent was transferred to residential areas, 21 per cent to business activity and 18 per cent to public traffic areas.
About 70 per cent of the municipalities reported transferring areas under the provisions of the Land Act in 2011, compared to 44 per cent of the municipalities under the Planning and Building Act. Transfers under the provisions of the Planning and Building Act represented 76 per cent of the transferred areas.
The municipalities permitted land reclamation of 15 900 decares in 2011. The counties of Hedmark and Nord-Trøndelag permitted 3 500 and 2 200 decares of the total area of land reclamation.