Pre-Budget 2005: Brownfield sites targeted for affordable housing

The government has today revealed it’s looking to target brownfield sites to create more affordable housing.

New planning guidelines will be implemented, following representations from the Confederacy of British Industry, the Town and Country Planning Association as well as Shelter.

The aim in particular is to build houses that young couples can afford and provide land for new homes, while protecting and improving the environment. As a result he is asking local authorities to bring forward more brownfield areas for development

Brown says: “Where proposed new housing is of high quality meeting the design code, local authorities will be obliged to accelerate planning consent.

“The construction industry must also rise to the challenge of building more homes and investing in skills.

Brown says investment in social housing has almost doubled since 1997 but will have to rise further.