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BUILDERS WARN ON BARRIERS TO BROWNFIELD SITES

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Housebuilders warn the government will fail to avoid a crisis over finding space for 4.4m new households unless it ...
Housebuilders warn the government will fail to avoid a crisis over finding space for 4.4m new households unless it sweeps away planning barriers preventing homes being built in towns and cities, the Financial Times reports (p14).

Ministers earlier this year raised the target for building homes on brownfield, or recycled, land from 50 to 60 per cent.

But the House Builders Federation says this will not be achieved unless immediate action is taken to remove obstacles created by the planning system.

In its submission to the government's urban taskforce, the federation said builders'more difficult to obtain planning permission, complete legal agreements and overcome local objections' for urban land, than for greenfield sites.

The federation wants to see an automatic bias towards brownfield sites in forthcoming planning guidance, backed by fast-track appeals if permission is refused by local authorities. Other proposals include measures to force local authorities to consider changing former industrial sites to residential use and restricting demands by councils for 'planning gains' in return for planning permission.
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