Building new homes on brownfield land is not the solution to the national housing emergency even if significant government support is forthcoming.
According to the Banking on Brownfield report, published today by the Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) even if every site on council brownfield registers was to be built out in full, brownfield land capacity only equates to just under a third (31%) of the 4.5 million new homes needed over the next 15 years.
Undertaken on behalf of the LPDF by planning and development consultancy Lichfields UK, Banking on Brownfield asks if previously developed land can supply enough homes, of the right type, where they are needed. The answer is a resounding no.
The analysis comes in response to the Levelling Up White Paper, 2021 Conservative Party Conference speeches and the £1.5 billion Brownfield housing fund which have all suggested brownfield land as the solution to meeting the country’s housing needs.