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Public asked to spot land for homes

An online campaign asking the public to identify potential brownfield sites for new homes has been launched by The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The six-month long digital campaign, #WasteOfSpace, asks people to nominate a brownfield site in their local area, such as an empty shop, disused post office, or abandoned factory, by tweeting or emailing photos to be added to an interactive online map.

The CPRE wants to highlight thousands of empty sites in villages, towns and cities in England that could be suitable for new homes after branding the government’s housebuilding targets “unambitious”.

The government has introduced incentives for developers to build 200,000 homes on brownfield land by 2020 but CPRE says it underestimates the amount of land available.

CPRE chief executive Shaun Spiers said that the map would help determine how much brownfield land is actually available for housing.

“At the last count, there was enough in England to accommodate at least 1.5 million homes, so we believe the latest 200,000 target is grossly unambitious. With so much wasted space available it is nonsensical that 700,000 new homes are currently planned for our open countryside, 200,000 of which are in the Green Belt.

More information is available on the CPRE website.