ever before, according to statistics published today.
Sixty four per cent of all new housing developments, including
government's target of at least 60 per cent of all new developments
to be built on such sites by 2008.
But regeneration minister Jeff Rooker warned this is partly being
achieved thanks to record lows in house construction. He said more
must be done to turn this around.
Mr Rooker said:
'While I am pleased to see we are exceeding our target for building
new housing on brownfield land, I am concerned this is being achieved
at a time of record lows in housebuilding.
'People need more homes and they need them now. The growth outlined
in the Sustainable Communities Plan rightly prioritises brownfield
'Use of brownfield sites benefits towns by redeveloping waste ground
and run down buildings and benefits the countryside by relieving
pressure to build on green fields.'
He said the government was doing its bit by improving the planning
system. And he called on local government to do its bit too.
'Housebuilders tell me the planning system can act as a barrier to
development. Our proposed changes to the planning system should help
speed things up.
'In the meantime, I would urge councils to think creatively about the
land they have and the powers they can use to make sure more high
quality homes are provided as a matter of priority.'
Brownfield land is previously developed land. In 2001, 63 per cent of
new developments were on brownfield land. In 2000, the figure was 61
1. Land Use Change Statistics were published today and can be found
online at www.odpm.gov.uk.
2. The amount of brownfield land in England is recorded in the
National Land Use Database. This database can be found here.