Stop Green Belt release in the Autumn Budget

14th Nov 2017

The number of planning applications being approved on greenfield sites in the Green Belt has nearly doubled since 2012 (when the National Planning Policy Framework came into force).

CPRE research has found that, despite Government commitments to enforce their own policies on Green Belt protection, the number of houses now planned for the Green Belt is over 425,000, an increase of 50% on 2016.

Depressingly, at a time when more than 1.8 million households in England are waiting for a ‘social’ home, nearly three-quarters of the housing proposed on land to be released from the Green Belt will be unaffordable for most people living in the local area.

In fact CPRE’s research showed that since 2009 only 16% of houses built on Green Belt outside of local plans were classed as affordable.

We are deeply concerned about the Chancellor’s proposed release of Green Belt land for major housing development in the upcoming Autumn Budget.

Destroying our Green Belt will not alleviate the problem and countryside will be lost needlessly. It is a false belief that releasing Green Belt land will tackle the housing crisis, as the crisis is one of affordability, not simply land availability.

That's why we're asking local MPs to support our action and join us in calling on the Government to tackle the affordable housing crisis in the upcoming Autumn Budget.

We would like to see the budget include much more effective measures such as stopping the use of viability assessments by developers to undercut their affordable housing requirements plus a mixture of ‘carrot and stick’ to speed up build out rates. Developers’ existing commitments must be met before further land is released. Brownfield sites continue to offer investment possibilities.

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