Published: 29th Jan 2015

This week the government announced proposals to resume collecting data from local authorities on the amount of brownfield land suitable for housing in their area – a major victory for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Currently, the most vexed issue in town planning is how we build up to 3 million more new homes over the next 10-15 years in order to accommodate population growth and the need for affordable housing. CPRE has long campaigned for ‘brownfield first’ planning policies in order to minimise the loss of the countryside that we have. In 2014 we commissioned the University of the West of England to report the evidence on how much brownfield land is available for new houses. The resulting report, From Wasted Spaces to Spaces for Living, was published in November 2014 and was widely welcomed, including by planning minister Brandon Lewis and Sir Michael Lyons, who led … (To read the full article, subscribe below)