Brownfield land map tool will help tackle the housing crisis

Written by Estate Agent Networking UK on - Breaking News -

Local authorities must do more to enable development within our existing communities

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has identified and mapped more than 17,000 brownfield sites, totalling around 27,700 hectares, which could provide space for more than 961,000 homes.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) thinks that this tool has the potential to help tackle the housing crisis, when applied on a wider scale. The NFB, however, would urge commentators and decision makers to use this tool to better understand the challenges posed by the housing crisis, rather than assuming it shows nearly a million homes can be delivered.

In Brighton, only 12 out of 162 identified brownfield sites are publicly owned, equating to a minimum of 773 homes.

In Sheffield, the local authority could deliver up to 6,310 homes on 81 publicly-owned brownfield sites. A total of 300 sites have been identified in the region, which could see 22,194 new homes constructed.

The tool also uses data from out-of-date local plans. For example, in Horley (Surrey), a car park owned by the local authority has the potential to deliver 30 homes, despite serving residents, high street shoppers, commuters and local businesses.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “This tool is another example of the private sector rising to the housing challenge. It may not give the full brownfield story, but it serves as a reminder that local authorities must do more to enable development within our existing communities.

Rico Wojtulewicz, senior policy advisor of the House Builders Association (HBA), added: “There are a large number of brownfield sites not included in this tool, as well as sites that are not deliverable. Mapping them helps the entire housing supply chain understand how complex land ownership and sites allocations really are.

Shared by: National Federation of Builders

Author: Estate Agent Networking UK

We share news updates and posts from within in the industry. All content shared via this Estate Agent Networking user account are third party and not that of our team.

Share
 

Recent Popular Articles


Another strong period of growth for Rightmove


Rightmove PLC reports half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2016. Rightmove, the UK's number one property site, has delivered another strong


Annual house price growth slows in October according to nationwide


Latest Nationwide House Price Index report - October 2018 headlines 'Annual house price growth lowest since May 2013'. The Nationwide HPI report reveals that annual


Asking prices set new records.


Asking prices across England and Wales are setting new highs, particularly in the south of England and the Midlands this month according to the property


Stay Ibiza tackles Ibiza’s growing demand for luxury with new business to business focused service, Privadia.


One of Ibiza’s leading luxury lifestyle groups is expanding its Balearic presence with the launch of a new B2B centric arm catering exclusively to agencies


Auction House claims new UK record with 703 listings in February


Award-winning property auctioneer Auction House is declaring a new UK auction record, after entering 703 lots into its February auctions. The number instructed beats the