Planning laws dictate that land should only be removed from the Green Belt in exceptional circumstances, but whether the right tests are being applied is being called into question.
In 2012, 81,000 homes were planned on land which had formerly been classified as Green Belt. That number has increased every year since. In 2018, it had risen to an alarming figure of 460,000. Not only is this level of house building destroying our countryside, but it is singularly failing to solve the affordable housing crisis. According to the Government’s own measure, 78% of the housing that will be built on this land will not be affordable.
The CPRE has identified Brownfield sites which could deliver 720,000 homes in local authority areas where the Green Belt is being developed. UKIP would offer grants to bring this land into use. In addition, homelessness charity Shelter has identified over 200,000 long term empty homes that could be brought back into use.
To ease the immediate problem UKIP would encourage the building of modular housing made by British companies, which is inexpensive to build and highly energy efficient UKIP believes that these resources should be used instead of allowing the Green Belt to be plundered for profit by greedy landowners and developers
UKIP Councillor Richard Leppington