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Hansard 11 July: Column 691 ...
Hansard 11 July: Column 691

In the last three years of the Conservative government - the last for which figures were available - 56% of new houses were built on previously developed land or provided by converting existing buildings, John Prescott told MPs.

He said he stood by his commitment to increase building on brownfield sites to 60% by 2008.

But Conservative frontbencher Nigel Waterson claimed that under labour the proportion of brownfield development had fallen, and there was no prospect of the government hitting its target.

'Is it any wonder that the secretary of state is poised to ignore the democratic voice of the south-east regional planning committee and permit large tracts of the south-east to be concreted over?', he added.

But Mr Prescott said it was wrong to claim the propertion of brownfield development was falling.

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