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Gove tells “underperforming councils” to build on brownfield sites

by | 14 Feb 24 | Commercial Landscaping, Nature & Biodiversity, News

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Councils are being told that they need to prioritise brownfield developments and be ‘less bureaucratic and more flexible’.

Housing secretary Michael Gove is encouraging local authorities to build houses on brownfield sites in a bid to deliver thousands of new homes and protect the green belt.

Big city councils that are not hitting their housebuilding targets will need to lower the bar for approving brownfield plans, following a ‘brownfield presumption’. This will make it easier for developers to get permission to build.

The announcement is part of the government’s Long-Term Plan for Housing which has a “brownfield first approach” without “concreting over the countryside,” says Gove.

“Our new brownfield presumption will tackle under delivery in our key towns and cities – where new homes are most needed to support jobs and drive growth.”

Prime minister Rishi Sunak, who has previously pledged to protect the green belt, says the government wants to “build the right homes in the right places” to protect the “precious countryside” and build “more in urban areas where demand is highest.”

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