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When is building on the green belt the most sustainable option?

Developing the UK’s revered green belt is always contentious but, as Fieldfisher planning expert Dinah Patel explains, sometimes building on protected land can deliver a more positive outcome for communities and developers than the alternatives.
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New planning laws to ‘cut out unnecessary bureaucracy’

The government has outlined new laws which will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings.
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Countryside holds the key to tackling climate emergency, says CPRE

The CPRE is urging the government to put the countryside at the forefront of climate action so that rural communities do not bear the brunt of the climate crisis.
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Pocket parks get £1.35m boost to create thriving green spaces

Dozens of communities across the UK will receive funding to transform neglected urban spaces into thriving green spaces, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
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Research reveals sustainable infrastructure for Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) has developed methods to reveal a series of sustainable insights for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc – one of the UK’s largest housing and transport projects.
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Rural campaigners say they can help solve the housing crisis

Rural campaigners have argued that the current ‘outdated’ planning system is holding the UK back and say the government should let them help ease the housing crisis.
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Oxford-Cambridge Arc development puts countryside at risk, says CPRE

The Government is set to accept a proposal from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), to build 1 million new homes between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge, a development that the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says would result in an area of countryside greater than the size of Birmingham being lost
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Brownfield vs Greenfield construction – which is better?

During the site selection process, greenfield versus brownfield is a major decision to make. Here is a guide on the differences between brownfield and greenfield
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Lovell gets the green light for £45m Leyland development

The plans to build 200 new homes using modern methods of construction (MMC) in Leyland were approved by South Ribble Borough Council last week with work set to start on the greenfield site later this year
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Government has broken its promise to secure the green belt, says...

The Green Belt is ‘being eroded at an alarming rate’, despite government promises to protect it, according to a new report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
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Supporting the protection of the green belt in the UK

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, discusses why the organisation strongly supports the green belt policy in the UK
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Is urban regeneration worth the effort?

Kim Vernau, CEO at BLP Insurance, highlights the key points raised at an interactive discussion organised for industry peers on whether regeneration can really work in practice to alleviate pressure on the housing market

Countryside lost to housing, despite increase in brownfield development

New government data has revealed that despite promising signs of an increase in brownfield development, greenfield land is still being lost to housing development at an unnecessary rate
Brownfield development vs. Green belt

Brownfield development vs. green belt: what are the pros and cons?

Should building on green belt be so contentious or is brownfield development the key to constructing more homes? Place-Make’s David Edwards provides insight