A press release by Castle Point MP covers comment on Brown Field development, the use of smaller plots and how this may assist the protection of Green Belt.
The statement suggests that the large Green Belt sites that have received approval, are not being developed at the necessary rate of requirement.
Rebecca Harris MP welcomes news of thousands of homes to be built on smaller plots
This week the Government announced that it is directly commissioning the building of up to 13,000 homes on public land. This will mean smaller developers will be able to buy sites with planning permission in place. 40% of these new-builds will be starter homes aimed at first-time buyers. These sites will be smaller plots and the aim is to encourage smaller builders to develop small individual sites rather than relying on larger firms developing larger plots. It will take years to meet our housing need if we rely solely on larger developments.
This will increase the use of brownfield sites rather than unnecessarily building on our important green belt. Along with this the Government is also announcing a £1.2 billion fund to help decontaminate brownfield sites in order to make them available for house building.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, welcomed the plans saying that “the availability of small sites is the single biggest barrier” to small housebuilders to increase their output. Britain’s biggest housebuilders already possess enough land to create more than 600,000 new homes, which begs the question why they were not building properties fast enough to meet the housing shortage.
Rebecca Harris MP said: “The Government recognises the need to make the most of our smaller brownfield sites. While we rely on local authorities, through their plan making process, to work as hard as possible to bring forward privately owned brownfield sites, the Government is determined to do all it can to bring forward sites owned by public bodies. If Councils would encourage more development of smaller brownfield sites, there would be no pressure for larger developers to build on our precious green belt where experience seems to show they do not built at the rate we need in any case. In Castle Point where we have so little greenbelt which residents can freely enjoy, this change of focus will be extremely welcome.”