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CPRE investigates brownfield sites in North East Hampshire

Brownfield site at Pyestock in Hart Brownfield site at Pyestock in Hart Berkeley Group

1 December 2016

The North East Hampshire district of Hart is the only authority in the county included in the Government’s brownfield registers pilot scheme, reports local group of environmental charity, CPRE Hampshire (the Campaign to Protect Rural England).

Nationally, CPRE has analysed the brownfield registers pilot scheme and produced a study (Housing capacity on suitable brownfield land1). The new brownfield registers show significant increases in number and housing capacity of suitable brownfield sites. Across England, these sites could provide at least 1.1 million new homes. This suggests that the Government has previously severely underestimated brownfield capacity.

Spokespersons for CPRE’s North East Hampshire District Group, Edward Dawson and Philip Todd said:

“Hart’s pilot Brownfield Register lists all the sites with planning permission that have yet to be built. However, some sites in Hart do not currently have planning permission.

These include a rural site in South Warnborough suitable for housing and a large site at the former Pyestock works called Hartland Park (pictured). Another site in Hart, reviewed since the study is also available.

It suggests that most brownfield sites without planning permission; ones which should form the basis of a new Brownfield Register, are yet to be identified.

CPRE welcomes the fact that, even at this early stage, Hart has managed to identify sites that can accommodate nearly three times as many homes as it had forecast would come forward from brownfield sites.”

CPRE in North East Hampshire is encouraging the identification of further, suitable brownfield sites across Hart and in neighbouring boroughs, to protect many threatened greenfield sites from unnecessary development.

Notes for editors

1 Housing capacity on suitable brownfield land – CPRE report, October 2016 – pdf available to download below.

 

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