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MORE BROWNFIELD LAND USED BUT MORE HOMES NEEDED, SAYS ROOKER

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More new housing developments are being built on brownfield land than ...
More new housing developments are being built on brownfield land than

ever before, according to statistics published today.

Sixty four per cent of all new housing developments, including

conversions, were built on brownfield land in 2002, exceeding the

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

development.

'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

per cent.

Notes

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.

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