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Stephen Byers's department has published new regional planning guidance for Yorkshire and Humber which will force t...
Stephen Byers's department has published new regional planning guidance for Yorkshire and Humber which will force the construction of 270,000 more buildings over the next 15 years, with at least 100,000 to be built on green fields. The figures were revealed in a parliamentary answer*.

Shadow environment, transport and the regions secretary Theresa May said:

'This is further evidence that Labour are forcing local councils to oversee the destruction of our green fields and green belt across the country. Under Labour's diktats, over a hundred thousand new buildings will have to be constructed on Yorkshire's Dales and Moors and other greenfield sites - equivalent to almost three towns the size of Slough - and valuable green belt protection is under threat.

'Labour are building the wrong houses in the wrong places. By building on the countryside, they are fuelling the exodus from our cities. We should be regenerating our existing urban areas, not building new towns across the countryside.'

* Regional Planning Guidance (RPG12) for Yorkshire & the Humber.

The document lists new housebuilding targets for the region over the next 18 years, and states what proportions should be on greenfield and on brownfield land.

1998-2016Housebuilding Target

(over 18 years)Greenfield Development Target (%)Number of Houses to Build on Greenfields





South Yorkshire56,0703318,503






West Yorkshire108,5403740,160

York / North Yorkshire45,0004721,150

(Hull / East Riding)40,3205020,160

(N/NE Lincs)15,840446,970


Yorkshire & Humber265,770 buildings40%106,308 buildings

(Source: Table H1, p.67.)

Green belt under threat: p3 of the government document states: 'localised review of green belt boundaries may be necessary in some places through development plan reviews'.

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