A new report released this week shows that the Government could build over one million homes in England over the next five years without building on the green belt.
The report, produced by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, assessed over 17,000 brownfield development sites identified by 320 local authorities. The figures mean that the Government could meet its housebuilding targets for the next three years simply by building on already identified brownfield sites.
Bury North MP James Frith, who has spearheaded the campaign to protect Bury’s green belt, said:
“This important report demonstrates the need for the Government to go back to the drawing board and come up with a housebuilding strategy with a brownfield first approach. We do not need to destroy our precious green belt to build enough homes and towns like Bury do not need unrealistic targets imposed by central Government.
“I will continue pressing Ministers and working with Bury Council and Mayor Andy Burnham to ensure that the GMSF puts brownfield sites first and prevents the unnecessary loss of countryside.”