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Brownfield Sites Could Give 226,000 New Homes

April 21, 2015

A report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has claimed that there is enough brownfield land in England to enable 226,000 new homes to be built.

The document ‘Making More Brownfield Land Available For Housing’ has been released in the wake of proposals by the Conservatives and Labour parties to deliver more housing on existing brownfield sites. The research used Nottingham as a representative example of a major city outside London carrying out a detailed analysis of 30 brownfield sites.

There are 49 cities of comparable size to Nottingham in England according to the Office of National Statistics. Jeremy Blackburn, head of UK policy at the RICS, says the report demonstrates the need for a consistent policy. “With the UK’s housing shortage a key issue and battleground in the general election it is no surprise that the parties have prioritised the development on brownfield land in their manifestos, he said.

“What we must be clear about is that in order to create the places people want to live and raise families we must have a coherent approach to developing on brownfield that involves communities and sets standards for categorizing land for use which can form a national brownfield map for viable housing delivery.”

Recommendations contained in the report include such things as making pre-planning application meetings obligatory, allocating adequate resources to local Planning Departments and restricting the use of section 106 agreements.

You can read a full copy of the report HERE