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Brownfield incentives are a step in the right direction

13 June 2014

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes the announcement of new incentives for brownfield development in the Chancellor’s Mansion House speech last night (Thursday).

Neil Sinden, Director of Policy and Campaigns at CPRE, said:

“CPRE has been campaigning for stronger incentives for brownfield development for years so the Chancellor’s announcement is welcome news. He is right to point out that our beautiful landscapes must be protected for future generations, and that to limit damaging development we must remove barriers to building on brownfield.   

“While the measures set out should boost the reuse of brownfield land, they will do little to curb unnecessary house building in green spaces. If the Government is as committed to protecting our precious countryside as was suggested last night then we must see the use of brownfield land prioritised over green field in national planning policies.
    
“There is enough suitable brownfield land in England to accommodate at least 1.5 million homes. With the right national policies, careful local planning involving local communities, and exemplary design we can build the houses we desperately need and protect our landscapes at the same time.”

 

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