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RTPI on brownfield land announcement

13 June 2014

rickblythbreakfastRTPI Head of Policy Richard Blyth appeared on BBC Radio London Breakfast Show this morning to discuss the Government and London Mayor’s plan to stimulate house building on previously developed, or brownfield, land.

You can listen the interview here for the next seven days here [interview starts 1hour 4 minutes into the programme].

 The interview followed the Chancellor’s Mansion House Speech which indicated that councils will be required to put local development orders on over 90% of brownfield sites that are suitable for housing, housing zones for London backed by new infrastructure with a promise to deliver a similar approach in the rest of the country.

RTPI Head of Policy

Richard Blyth, RTPI Head of Policy, said: “There is much to welcome in the Chancellor’s speech. In particular we welcome the Chancellor’s support to kick-start difficult to development brownfield sites, and an appreciation of the role new infrastructure has in unlocking stalled sites – both key points we raised in our recent housing and transport infrastructure papers.

In London, where the Mayor works to link planning for housing and transport together, we would expect to see housing zones linked to Opportunity Areas identified in the London plan.

The proposal to use Local Development Orders (LDOs) is interesting. We would hope to see any LDO give permission for more than just housing, as mixed use is important in creating sustainable communities.

With all announcements the detail is all-important.  We will be paying particularly interest to see how the Government defines 'suitable for housing'.  Just because housing can be built on a site, it doesn’t mean that housing should be built on a site."