CPRE the Countryside Charity recently published its latest report in the availability of Brownfield land that might accommodate development. The report claims that there is enough previously developed land to accommodate over 1.3 million new homes. This is an increase of over 10% from the previous report in 2020.
The CPRE report (see below) also notes that brownfield plots with planning permission are down from 53% in 2020 to 44% in 2021 the lowest proportion since records have been kept.
CPRE calls for new national planning policies to prioritise the recycling of land for housing.
CPRE also note that in early November, Mr Gove (Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) told MPs, ‘I am very keen, working with Homes England and local government, to get a brownfield first policy that really works, and to provide people with the sort of housing that is welcomed and needed … and, I hope, affordable in urban settings that we need to concentrate on.’
There are a number of sites in the Borough where Brownfield land could potentially be redeveloped. These include areas used as Car Parks etc. Many of the Brownfield sites area challenge being in Flood Zones, lack infrastructure, or are on contaminated/unstable land. Despite these issues there are sites that could be bought forward to support developments in the Borough.
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