Brownfield sites are on paper the great opportunity for housing development. UK cities are distinctly lacking in density when compared to European and world cities . Some of this is about our dislike of building up but much is about the inability to get brownfield sites going. This register of 1,000,000 homes planned suggest a real opportunity to densify effectively although this has sometimes been done without proper infrastructure investment , often linked to the differing objectives of the multifarious arms of government that need to buy into that investment. Its also another clear piece of evidence that ultimately if housebuilding remains solely in the hands of developers and builders we can never build what we need for social purposes. the private sector needs to maintain its margins. Flooding the market with new builds won't do that. Councils need to build social housing. Its an open goal . the Government cannot afford to miss it- otherwise its good intentions on housing will not be delivered.
The brownfield register offers great potential for identifying viable sites to build homes, but its implementation has been patchy There is capacity to build more than a million homes, in a total area a similar size to Birmingham, on brownfield la While that may sound a lot, this number would deliver just over three years’ worth of the housing the government aims to build out at a rate of 300,000 new homes a year by the middle of the next decade. The brownfield registers councils were required to produce late last year reveal a total of 1,056,555 homes are planned to be built on 27,417 hectares of land by councils in England. A proportion of them can be delivered within five years, offering opportunities for the housing market in a number of areas, especially on smaller sites