Our latest research paper looks into the use of both Green Belt and brownfield land for housing development in the North West of England.
Much recent criticism of the planning system has focussed on the proposed use of Green Belt land for housing development. Those objections typically focus on two main points.
Firstly, that housing development poses an existential threat to the Green Belt, with the countryside on the verge of being lost beneath a sea of concrete.
Secondly, that Green Belt land simply isn’t needed for development, with ample brownfield land available to meet housing supply targets.
Through analysing emerging and recently adopted local plans as well as brownfield land registers across the North West of England, this research paper sets out to consider whether there is any truth in those claims.