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Brownfield Home Targets 'Harming House Building'

Magazine article Public Finance

Brownfield Home Targets 'Harming House Building'

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A government target that requires 60% of new homes in England to be built on brownfield sites is slowing down house building and restricting growth in urban areas, a think-tank has claimed.

According to a Centre for Ciri es report, published on March 16, councils often meet the national brownfield target requirement by discouraging development on other sites and limiting the total number of properties built locally. The think-tank is calling for the target to be scrapped.

The proportion of new homes built on brownfield sites rose from 56% in 1997 to 80% in 2008, well in excess of the 60% target. But this policy has led to soaring land and house prices as the supply of land for residential housing has dropped, the report argued.

It said that control over protected 'green belf land, which covers 13% of England, should be devolved to councils and protection reserved for the land with the greatest value. …

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