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Brownfield sites available for development

Words: Laura Edgar
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Figures published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) suggest that thousands of homes could be built on brownfield sites ripe for development.

The statistics reveal that more than two-thirds of homes are now built on brownfield sites following reforms to the planning system - and the government would like to increase this figure. And the Department for Communities and Local Government guidance published earlier this month explains how councils can protect green space and keep urban sprawl at bay through their local plans.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis says that the government has been clear in expressing the importance of protecting the green belt.

“Local people don’t want to lose their countryside to urban sprawl, or see towns and cities lost to unnecessary development.

“We have put local plans at the heart of the reformed planning system, so councils and local people can now decide where development should and shouldn’t go.

“Support for new housing is growing, because communities welcome development if it is built in the right place and does not ignore their needs. That’s why planning permission for 230,000 homes was granted by councils in the last year alone, while official statistics show that green belt development is at its lowest rate since modern records began in 1989.”

The government wants to see planning permission in place for homes on over 90 per cent – potentially 200,000 homes - of suitable brownfield land by 2020 and feel that councils will play a crucial role in bringing forward brownfield land for development.

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