Wirral MP calls on government to commit to protect green-belt and prioritise brownfield land for housing
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25 Mar 2019
Greenwood MP is urging the government to make a clear commitment to a genuine
brownfield-first approach to house building.
comes after the publication of a report by Campaign to Protect Rural England
(CPRE) in which it was shown that there is enough suitable brownfield land
available in England for more than one million homes across over 18,000 sites.
Greenwood met with Matt Thomson, Head of Planning for CPRE, in Parliament last
week to discuss the situation in Wirral where the local authority has been
consulting with residents on its Local Plan.
report, which is based on analysis of councils’ brownfield registers, also
finds, among other things, that:
Every local planning authority now has a brownfield register recording
brownfield land considered to be suitable for housing-led development.
More suitable brownfield land has come forward over the last 12 months, with
one in seven homes on up to date brownfield registers being on sites identified
in the last 12 months. This shows that brownfield is a perpetually regenerating
resource, with the potential to provide a steady pipeline of development opportunities.
Where councils are failing to identify all possible opportunities and even in
areas with a lot of suitable brownfield capacity, countryside remains at risk
unnecessarily. This shows the importance of implementing a genuine brownfield
first approach to development.
Capacity for more than half a million homes has yet to obtain planning
permission, so whilst developers should get on with building the homes they
already have planning permission for, more needs to be done to ensure these
sites get planning permission and are developed before greenfield sites.
figures show that the proportion of homes built on green belt land doubled from
2% to 4% of all new homes between 2016 and 2017, while the share built on
brownfield land over the same period fell from 61% to 56%.
Greenwood MP said:
very clear from CPRE’s report that the government should be adopting a genuine
policy of brownfield first when it comes to house building.
have seen recently that the greenbelt in Wirral is under threat, and this
threat must be resisted.
natural world is very important to the character of Wirral and vital to our
need to build new homes and it is important that we use the brownfield sites
available to do this.”