The Lady Protests Too Much – Andrew Motion on Brownfield Sites
From this weeks latest Trotskite Rag The Lady
[brownfield] housing has created new communities from derelict urban sites, of which we have an almost unlimited supply – currently enough for 1.5 million new homes and increasing all the time.
Almost unlimited – thats too great a claim and an unwise choice of words, you could use the same logic to say that there is an unlimited supply of greenfield sites (of which of copurse there is around 9 times more), a line that CPRE have rightly argued against.
Of course it is not almost unlimited, especially when considered geographically, in Rest of South East for example, it could take barely 250,000 houses, far less in West of England and East Anglia.
The real issue is whether the rate of increase of brownfield sites is sufficient in all areas to mop up the rate of increase in demand for housing.