Boles – Green Belt is Not an Excuse for Not Building Enough Homes
there is much more work to do before we will be building enough to make homes available and affordable for all working people who want them (and not just those who can rely on the bank of mum and dad to give them a leg up.) We are asking local councillors around the country to take this seriously and draw up plans identifying enough land to build the houses needed in their area in the next five years. It is right that decisions about where new houses should go should be made locally – by people who know their area best. But with that power comes responsibility: the responsibility to provide enough land to meet people’s housing needs in full. Of course councillors should protect the Green Belt, our finest landscapes and areas of special environmental value. Of course they should locate as many new homes as possible on brownfield sites. These are admirable objectives which the Government strongly supports. But they must not become excuses for local councils not to provide enough homes for the next generation.
So that is clear then, protecting the Green Belt is not an excuse for plans not meeting housing need,