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Green belt land used for unaffordable homes

Published 6th August 2018

Green belt is disappearing at an “alarming rate” because of a relaxation of planning laws, with the majority of new homes aimed at better-off buyers, a new report warns. Analysis by the Campaign to Protect Rural England found that 459,000 new homes are planned for previous green belt sites, which is double the number just three years ago, while just 22% of those properties are classed as affordable, down from 28% last year.

The CPRE says there are enough brownfield sites for an extra million homes in England, but pressure is growing on councils to bend the rules and release more protected sites to developers, as one third of local authorities with green belt land are facing increased targets for house building. Tom Fyans, the CPRE's director of campaigns and policy, said: "The affordable housing crisis must be addressed with increasing urgency, while acknowledging that far from providing the solution, building on the green belt only serves to entrench the issue.”

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