AN UPDATED analysis on the potential of brownfield land for housing has been published by The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
The CPRE is calling on the Government to implement a ‘brownfield first’ policy to help prioritise brownfield over greenfield, to help stop the loss of the UK’s countryside and green spaces.
The report highlights the potential of brownfield land for housing developments. The CPRE have also identified suitable brownfield land for over one million homes across 18,000 sites, which could bolster future construction prospects. It also encourages local government to do a much better job identifying and promoting brownfield sites.
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has welcomed the CPRE’s suggestion to exhaust all brownfield and smaller sites before disturbing green land. The Federation has said that the CPRE are right to use the word ‘unnecessary’ when referring to the loss of green spaces.
Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “This is not simply about cleaning up and using previously developed land. Brownfield sites are typically uncontroversial, built more quickly and delivered by locally employing and investing SMEs. They hold a lot of community value.”
Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning policy at the House Builders Association, said: “This report is another example of local government failing to allocate the right homes in the right places and relying too heavily on large sites.
“Local authorities must do a better job allocating sites for housing, but the Government needs to now recognise why the industry is calling for planning reform. It’s just not fit for purpose.”