If we truly want to save our countryside, we must win new
‘brownfield first’ policies – and make sure greenfield development is
restricted at the same time.
What has CPRE
done to help win new, effective brownfield policies?
In the last two
years we have published in-depth, irrefutable evidence to counter objections to
building on brownfield land – and our pressure is beginning to pay off.
virtually turned its back on brownfield in 2012 and seemed determined to build
Now, thanks to powerful
and persistent campaigning by CPRE, brownfield is definitely back on their
agenda: ministers now say ‘we will
ensure brownfield land is used as much as possible for new development’.
2014: we delivered evidence of enough brownfield land in England to accommodate
1 million homes
2015: we convinced the Government to commit to a new statutory register of
brownfield sites suitable for new housing
2015: we persuaded the Government to pledge £2 billion to promote brownfield
2016: we proved brownfield sites are being built out, on average, six months
faster than greenfield sites
2016: we published new research, based on government data, which shows that
suitable brownfield sites across England can provide up to 1.4 million new
What needs to
happen now to make ‘brownfield first’ a reality?
While we welcome the
greater focus on brownfield, what the Government is doing is still not
sufficient to increase brownfield development to the levels needed – or to protect
We are calling for the
introduction of new ‘brownfield first’ planning policies, hand-in-hand with
powerful financial incentives that drive developers away from green fields.
In November, the
Government will publish a housing white paper which will include measures to
significantly speed up housebuilding. CPRE campaigners are already talking to
Government officials to try to determine and influence these proposals.
We are hoping to see
the Government’s commitment to brownfield reflected in their plans. But if not,
we are ready to step-up our campaign to safeguard our countryside.
Please, if you can,
make a donation today, and support our campaign to make brownfield truly come