COMMENTS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT RURAL ENGLAND.

Plans to build 460,000 homes on land released from the green belt will not help young families get on to the property ladder, say campaigners.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England said 78% of planned developments on greenfield sites do not fall under the government’s “affordable” definition.

Its director said people are “being sold a lie” and will “go on struggling to afford a place to live”.

CPRE argues that more brownfield sites should be used instead – claiming they could accommodate more than one million homes in England.

New analysis by the CPRE claimed that 72% of homes built on sites within the green belt last year could not be classed as “affordable” under the government’s own definition.

They now warn this will rise by 6% this year as the government ups the number of homes it is building.

The group also claimed 7,600 affordable homes needed to be built in the countryside annually – but its figures showed only 990 were built last year.

The CPRE’s director of campaigns and policy, Tom Fyans, said: “We are being sold a lie by many developers.

“As they sell off and gobble up the green belt to build low density, unaffordable housing, young families go on struggling to afford a place to live.”

Mr Fyans said the affordable housing crisis must be addressed “with increasing urgency”, but that building on greenfield sites does not provide the solution, instead “entrenching the issue.”

He added: “The government is failing in its commitment to protect the green belt – it is being eroded at an alarming rate.

“But it is essential, if the green belt is to fulfil its main purposes and provide 30 million of us with access to the benefits of the countryside, that the redevelopment of brownfield land is prioritised, and green belt protection strengthened.”

At Burntwood Action Group we support the comments as quoted above. We believe every effort should be made to identify and re purpose brownfield sites and that our Green Belt areas should not be further eroded by indiscriminate, unplanned building by developers who will not help to deliver what our area really needs.

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