Brownfield aid required

A study for the Civitas think-tank suggests the UK has enough so-called brownfield space for 2.5m houses to be built, however, the Government has not provided enough incentives for developers. The group suggests tax breaks to help developers absorb the costs of cleaning up brownfield sites and suggests subsequent profits from builders would see an increase in corporation tax flow to the Treasury.

This is an interesting study because, if the conclusions are right, there is a clear pointer towards stopping building on high grade agricultural land such as the Green Belt of Sefton which is predominately made up of it.

I have long argued that environmental and planning policy in the UK are not properly married up (and have not been for generations) and the consequence of this is that high grade agricultural land gets built on when there are undeveloped brownfield sites elsewhere. Surely building needs to take place where the brownfield sites are rather than this daft idea of putting more food growing fields under concrete.

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