CPRE’s latest research reveals figures that show that housing development proposed for the Green Belt has increased by another 50,000 to more than a quarter of a million houses. At the same time the Government is proposing changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that are likely to open the door to further Green Belt release, while the Government-appointed ‘Local Plans Expert Group’ has encouraged Green Belt reviews. CPRE asked its county branches across England to tell us about any proposals in adopted or advanced local plans to release land from the Green Belt for housing development and other purposes. The findings are summarised in this report.
Why brownfield development works
To investigate the extent to which brownfield is a viable option for development, CPRE commissioned construction analysts Glenigan to compare the speed of residential development on brownfield sites with development on greenfield, once these sites have been granted planning permission.