With planning changes on the way, the government is making a renewed push to stimulate development on brownfield sites over greenfield land. But imposing such a shift is not that easy, as Emily Twinch reports
Another shake-up of planning policy is on its way – and that spells a new push to get developers to build on brownfield rather than green belt land.
How do we know? Well, housing secretary Michael Gove said on 6 December last year that he would deliver on the government’s “brownfield first pledge”, including by launching a review into further measures to prioritise the use of brownfield land. He added that the infrastructure levy – to be brought in by the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, through which the planning changes will be enacted – should be lower for brownfield land than for greenfield land. He also told the House of Commons levelling-up, housing and communities committee in November that more homes should be built on urban and brownfield land.
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