Green Belt housing doubles

The number of houses planned for Green Belt land has nearly doubled over the past year, according to new figures. Campaign to Protect Rural England said it raised concerns about whether ministers were keeping their promises to safeguard the area.

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Ministers need to 'protect' Green Belt from new homes

Hard decisions are needed to help ensure both urban regeneration and protection of the Green Belt, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has said today after new figures revealed that the number of houses planned for the area has nearly doubled in the past year.

Spokesman Paul Miner said:

The extent to which the threat is growing - nearly doubling in a year - is deeply worrying.

It should not be necessary to build on Green Belt land when there is enough brownfield land available for a million and a half new homes.

Green Belts prevent urban sprawl and are the green lungs of many of our largest or most historic towns and cities.

New houses to be built a 'threat' to Green Belt

The number of houses planned for Green Belt land has nearly doubled over the past year, according to new figures.

Aerial view of Epping Forest. Credit: David Woodfall/DPA/Press Association Images

Some 150,000 homes and 1,000 hectares of mines and commercial premises are being proposed for the areas, research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England found.

Previous analysis suggested just 81,000 homes were planned in August 2012.

The group said the figures raised serious concerns about whether ministers were keeping their promises to safeguard the Green Belt.

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