Published: 21st Oct 2020

There is enough brownfield land in England to accommodate the government’s target of 1.3 million new homes, according to a leading pressure group. A new report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has identified capacity for 1.3 million homes on local authority brownfield registers, which is an increase of 19% in the last year. It argues that brownfield land should be used for housing, especially where it can be repurposed and used instead of green belt or the countryside. The government is currently looking at reforming the planning system, with the aim of encouraging the building of more homes. However, the reforms themselves have proved to be highly controversial. According to the CPRE, brownfield registers show that there is enough land for 1,061,346 homes over nearly 21,000 sites, covering almost 25,000 hectares. It adds there is currently planning permission for 565,564 units, or 53% of the total brownfield … (To read the full article, subscribe below)