Greenfield Every Time
Green belts are much in the news at the moment as campaigners all over the country strive to protect them from the tsunami of unwanted and unnecessary low-density development being forced on them.
But despite this gathering tide of public opinion, you still see Sprawl Lobby practitioners moaning tha...
Posted by Jon Reeds on 13 March 2017
The Fourteen Year Itch
There is quite an irony in the decision to call the housing white paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market. It was with that very objective in mind that HM Treasury, no less than 14 years ago, began its assault on the planning system and the environment that has so damaged our land.
Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 February 2017
Almost five years ago, the then deputy prime minister Nick Clegg offered a conference three alternative ways of meeting housing shortages.
We could, he said, either condemn ourselves to damaging the countryside by haphazard urban sprawl, we could cram ever more people into cities, concreting over ga...
Posted by Jon Reeds on 16 February 2017
Javid outlines housing plansAdded on 11 October 2016
The Government has announced it will publish a white paper on English housing later this year and meanwhile will provide up to £1bn in short-term loans for small builders, custom builders and "innovators".
Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the Government is determined to get more homes built and said the Home Building Fund, worth £3bn, would get more than 25,000 homes built in this Parliament and 200,000 in the longer term.
"It is only by building more houses that we will alleviate the financial burden on those who are struggling to manage," he said.
The Home Building Fund will be administered by the Homes and Communities Agency and it has opened for applications.
The Fund is intended to generate £1bn of loans for small builders and £2bn of long-term funding for infrastructure.
No details are yet available of what it might fund, or how, but the Government says the emphasis will be on brownfield land.
Mr Javid had previously announced plans to accelerate construction on public land and a package for urban and brownfield regeneration including an element of transit-oriented-development.
"The Home Building Fund is good news, especially its focus on small and medium-sized builders," said CPRE head of planning Matt Thomson.
"However, we’d like to see much more ambition in accelerating construction on public land given the amount of such land that’s available. We’d also like to hear more about how we restrict greenfield development to drive the brownfield development that both CPRE and the Government want to encourage."