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CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS OF BUILDING ON BROWNFIELD SITES

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Housebuilders say the government must solve a package of problems if more homes are to be built on brownfield sites...
Housebuilders say the government must solve a package of problems if more homes are to be built on brownfield sites, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Roger Humber, chief executive of the Housebuilders' Federation, said about 50% of new homes nationally are built on brownfield sites. The obstacles to reaching the government's target of 60% are a series of complex problems, he said.

Mr Humber said local authorities need to do more to get contaminated land developed, but the difficulties are, not just shortage of cash, but also lack of government guidance on how to decontaminate some sites.

Brian Raggett, vice president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, told the programme councils need to be able to make more use of compulsory purchase to assemble suitable sites.

He said: 'The RTPI's experience is that local planning authorities do produce development briefs and do want to work constructively with the housebuilders to get these sites developed as quickly as possible'.
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