At least one million homes could be built on brownfield land, with more than two-thirds of them deliverable within five years.

An investigation into brownfield land registers by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) reveals three of the next five years’ worth of government housing targets could be met through building on brownfield land that has already been identified, easing pressures on councils to continue releasing greenfield land unnecessarily and preventing the unnecessary loss of countryside.

The analysis found that 17,656 sites identified by planning authorities, covering more than 28,000 hectares of land, would provide enough land for a minimum of 1,052,124 homes. This could rise to more than 1.1 million once all registers are published, said the CPRE.

The areas of England identified as having the highest number of potential deliverable homes include London, the North West and the South East, with the new registers giving minimum housing estimates of 267,859, 160,785 and 132,263 respectively.

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Source: The Planner, Huw Morris, 12th February 2018