Published: 4th Jun 2019

Mayfield Station, part of a major brownfield regeneration scheme in Manchester. The number of new homes being built on brownfield sites has fallen by 10% since 2014, taking it to its lowest level for five years, research has found. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) analysis of Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) data found that just 53% of homes were built on derelict or vacant land in 2018, down from 56% in 2017. The charity also found the amount of brownfield land being redeveloped for new housing decreased in 2018, from 2,628 hectares to 1,758. This fall in housing development on derelict or vacant land comes despite there being enough space on brownfield sites to build over one million new homes, according to the CPRE. Rebecca Pullinger, planning campaigner at CPRE, said: ‘Increasing focus on building on brownfield land can breathe new … (To read the full article, subscribe below)