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Increase in conversion of cultivated and cultivable land
Norwegian municipalities permitted the transfer of 6 300 decares of cultivated land and 6 300 decares of cultivable land to non-agricultural use in 2015.
|2014 - 2015||2010 - 2015|
|Agricultural area transferred to non-agricultural uses, total||12 628||26.4||3.1|
|Cultivated area||6 341||11.1||-5.2|
|Cultivable area||6 287||47.0||13.2|
|Approved area for land reclamation||18 139||-2.3||-8.7|
A total of 12 600 decares of cultivated and cultivable land was transferred to non-agricultural use in 2015. About two thirds of municipalities reported transferring areas under the provision of the Land Act in 2015, compared to 38 per cent of the municipalities under the Planning and Building Act. Transfers under the provision of the Planning and Building Act represented 70 per cent of the transferred areas.
About 30 per cent of the cultivated area was transferred to the purpose residential areas and leisure buildings, 26 per cent to public traffic areas and 10 per cent to business activity.
Municipalities permitted land reclamation of 18 100 decares in 2015; a decrease of 400 decares from the year before. The counties of Hedmark and Oppland permitted 3 300 and 2 900 decares of the total area of land reclamation respectively, while Nord-Trøndelag permitted 2 400 decares and Rogaland 1 700 decares.