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WESTMINSTER WATCH - PRESCOTT BACKS 60% BROWNFIELD HOUSING TARGET

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Deputy prime minister John Prescott is standing by his commitment to increase building on brownfield sites to 60% b...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott is standing by his commitment to increase building on brownfield sites to 60% by 2008.

Mr Prescott told MPs that in the last three years of the previous Conservative government - the most recent available figures - 56% of new houses were built on previously developed land or provided by converting existing buildings.

But shadow local government minister Nigel Waterson claimed the proportion of brownfield development had fallen since Labour came to power and said there was no prospect of Mr Prescott hitting his target.

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