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Vacant Land

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 226590, tabled on 27 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce building on green field sites.

Answered on

7 March 2019

Last year we revised the National Planning Policy Framework. Its policies place much stronger emphasis on making effective use of land, with authorities expected to make as much use as possible of suitable brownfield and under-used sites, and optimise densities where there is a shortage of land for meeting identified needs. The Framework is supported by permitted development rights to allow appropriate re-use of existing buildings, and the requirement for every authority to publish and maintain a register of brownfield land suitable for housing. The £4.5 billion Home Building Fund provides support for new housing, much of it on brownfield land.