Published: 5th Jun 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has analysed an annual report published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. They have revealed that the area of non-previously developed land lost to housing annually has been steadily rising, from 2,105 hectares of land in 2013 to 3,332 hectares of land in 2017. This ‘alarming’ loss of countryside to housing is taking place despite a promising increase in the proportion of housing development taking place on brownfield land. Previously, Government data showed a decrease in the proportion of land developed for housing that was brownfield, which down to 28% in 2016, from 41% in 2013. However, last year’s data shows that the proportion of land used for housing had increased to 44% brownfield, back to levels similar to 2013. The ‘rapid concreting over’ of the countryside has been propelled by a ‘market-driven rhetoric’, with the government opting for a ‘build-more-at-any-cost … (To read the full article, subscribe below)