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CPRE say 150000 new green belt homes proposed this year
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:25:46 am »
The green belt is disappearing at such a rate that even government ministers are now saying it is not being given the level of protection that they expected. The number of new houses to be built in the green belt has virtually doubled in the last twelve months. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claims that 150,000 new homes are proposed in green belt areas, compared to the 81,000 planned a year ago.

It is not that house builders need the land.  Most of the large national house builders have land banks that would provide around six year’s supply at their current build rates. Those concerned about the green belt should be asking the government whether their policy of reducing planning requirements and streamlining the planning process has resulted in house builders front-loading their applications whilst obtaining planning approval is easier, cheaper and less onerous.

Paul Miner, senior planning campaigner for CPRE said
"It should not be necessary to build on green belt land when there is enough brownfield land available for 1.5 million new homes, green belts prevent urban sprawl and are the green lungs of many of our largest or most historic towns and cities. Ministers now need to go further. Hard decisions are needed to help ensure both urban regeneration and protection of the green belt."
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