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CPRE: Countryside being concreted over

Published 7th June 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25 years, with the acreage lost to property development climbing by 58% in the past four years.

CPRE says its analysis of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s annual report highlighting changes in land use, shows that over 8,100 acres of greenfield land was lost to development last year, compared to 5,200 five years ago.

The CPRE says relaxed planning rules have had an impact, while accusing the Government of taking a “build more at any cost approach”.

Rebecca Pullinger of the CPRE said the increase in greenfield development had resulted in a “rapid concreting over of the countryside,” and called for a “clear, national policy that empowers councils to refuse applications for housing on greenfield land where suitable brownfield options exist”.

For further information from the CPRE, click here

To view the Government's 'Land use change statistics 2016 -2017', please click here

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