Land News

Monday, March 12th, 2007

10,000 acres of greenbelt under threat

Developments stand to make millions for Queen, BP and British Aerospace The Guardian The Queen, British Aerospace and BP will make billions of pounds from developing the greenbelt under proposals to meet government housing targets. Research by the Guardian and the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows at least 10,000 acres of greenbelt land are read more

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Green belt — it’s not all that green

Kate Barker tells David Smith her shake-up of planning won’t destroy the countryside but will help business and the economy FOR somebody described (in this newspaper) as “the most dangerous woman in Britain”, Kate Barker does not look that intimidating as she pours the coffee, apologising for the fact that it has been standing for read more

Monday, December 11th, 2006

“UK planners are choking land supply, housebuilders claim” 11 December 2006

“The supply of new housing is falling short of needs by some 50,000 each year. But he agreed that Kate Barker sets out a strategic vision of a simpler and more efficient planning framework to bring forward new development.” The United Kingdom’s housebuilders have welcomed Kate Barker’s final report on the land use planning system read more

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Kate Barkers final report on the Land Use Planning System in England.

The report highlights the vital role planning needs to play to deliver sustainable economic development in the context of the pressures of a growing population, rising incomes, changing demographics, climate change and the competitive challenges of rapid changes in the global economy. Kate Barker makes recommendations to improve the responsiveness, efficiency and transparency of the read more

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Why is it so expensive to buy a house?

By Ian Pollock Personal finance reporter, BBC News People in the UK seem to be obsessed with property – buying it, doing it up and selling it. Look at our fascination with house prices, now measured by at least ten different house price surveys every month. Gawp at the never ending stream of TV programmes read more

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006


“The future lies in allowing communities to expand outwards not just upwards. We recognise that if we are to meet future housing need, you will have some currently undeveloped land which will have to be developed,” FEWER small flats and more bungalows and houses with gardens should be built to make it easier for elderly read more

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

More than half of new homes built are now flats

“Many thousands of families are being denied appropriate housing opportunities and choices because of restrictions on land supply.” More than half of all new homes built every year in England are now flats, not houses, official figures reveal. For the first time since records began, the number of new flats being built is completely overshadowing read more

Friday, July 28th, 2006


‘To meet this demand those involved in the delivery of housing need to be supported to meet the housing demands of the community.’ The temptation for councils in the south of England – where ministers would like to see hundreds of thousands of extra homes – will be high.” Ruth Kelly has been accused of read more

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

It’s time to learn a few home truths

Wrong size, wrong shape, wrong place: developers are building tiny inner-city flats when buyers want three-bed family houses. Meanwhile new apartments stand empty and are losing value. Susan Emmett reports BRITAIN needs new homes and developers are more than happy to oblige. But they are not building the homes we want. Families, couples, singletons and read more

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

‘Woods and homes’ green belt call

More agricultural and green belt land should be reforested or turned into housing, a new report suggests. A change in land use is proposed in the study Land Economy by the free market think-tank the Adam Smith Institute. It says much of the UK’s agricultural land, including land currently labelled as green belt, is not read more

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Build a million green belt homes, urges think tank

By Amy Iggulden (Filed: 17/04/2006) Farm and green belt land should be used to create a million new homes and a hundred thousand hectares of fresh woodland, according to a report that today proposes a radical shake-up in land use. The study by the Adam Smith Institute claims that much of the English and Welsh read more

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Blueprint for disaste

In the drive to provide thousands of new homes, the building giants have been handed unprecedented power and influence. How wise is that? By Sarah Lonsdale Scale: 50,000 new homes per year Brief: write own Notes: potential catastrophe John Prescott’s drive to build thousands more houses in the South-East is in danger of becoming a read more

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Sprawling estates of ‘executive’ homes invade the Green Belt

Despite the Government’s pledge to regenerate urban brownfield sites, developments have sprung up on land which has been redesignated from Green Belt status. To gain permission to build on such sites, councils and developers must usually apply to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. One such site is a 1,200-acre area of land dubbed read more

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

The £60,000 daydream

by Caroline McGhie of the times John Prescott’s affordable house contest ignores the cost of land JOHN PRESCOTT’S much vaunted £60,000 house competition increasingly seems little more than a gimmick. The cost of land is so high that, with the average single plot costing £93,000, a house for £60,000 can only be an aspiration rather read more

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Young miss property ladder

Michael Clarke, This is Money SOARING number of young couples are being priced out of the property market and can’t even afford the cheapest property in their local area. Around 1.25m young households are caught in the gap between being able to afford a new home and qualifying for social housing.Property is least affordable in read more

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Measures aim for 200,000 new homes per year

The Guardian The government announced plans for a big house-building programme yesterday in an effort to avoid a looming crisis which threatens to lock huge numbers of would-be homeowners out of the housing market within the next 20 years. It wants to see up to 200,000 new homes a year in England – an increase read more

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Too few homes for next generation

By Gary Duncan and Gabriel Rozenberg October 11, 2005 THE dream of owning their own home will be denied to millions of the next generation unless the pace of housebuilding in Britain is stepped up, ministers said yesterday. Just three out of ten of today’s ten-year-olds will be able to afford a property of their read more

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Why we should junk the green belt

In his first monthly column for Home, the architecture and design expert Kevin McCloud of The Sunday Times argues that our planning system is destroying the countryside it is meant to be saving Where would you like to live? If you’ve just left home having grown up in the sticks, chances are you’ll opt for read more

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

2,400 acres of green belt lost each year

By Charles Clover, Environment Editor (Filed: 11/06/2005) An average of 2,400 acres of undeveloped green belt is being built on each year, the Government has admitted in a parliamentary written answer. This is a total of more than 15 sq miles – bigger than the city of Lincoln – between 1997 and 2001 alone. This read more

Friday, January 21st, 2005

Town & Country Planning Association Press Release

CAMPAIGN GROUP URGE ASSEMBLY TO RECOGNISE SOUTH EAST HOUSING CRISIS The Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) today urges the South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA) to recognise the acute housing shortages in the region and to significantly increase the number and quality of homes built to meet need and demand in the region. The TCPA, read more

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Delivering stability: securing our future housing needs

Barker Review of Housing Supply – Final Report – Recommendations Final Report – see links below Building on analysis presented in the Interim Report, Kate Barker presents choices for Government depending on its objectives for housing. The UK has experienced a long-term upward trend in real house prices, 2.4 per cent per annum over the last read more

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

Why is it so expensive to buy a house?

By Ian Pollock Personal finance reporter, BBC News People in the UK seem to be obsessed with property – buying it, doing it up and selling it. Look at our fascination with house prices, now measured by at least ten different house price surveys every month. Gawp at the never ending stream of TV programmes read more

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