Responding to the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s report on the potential of building on brownfield sites, Local Government Association housing spokesman Cllr Martin Tett, said:
“Councils are committed to bringing forward appropriate sites and ensuring homes are built where they are needed, are affordable, of high-quality and supported by adequate infrastructure and services.
“This timely report highlights the availability of sites across the country to deliver enough homes and infrastructure to begin to address the national housing shortage we face.
“Councils have already given hundreds of thousands of homes in England planning permission that are yet to be built. To ensure developers are building well-designed homes to a good quality and as quickly as possible, the Government needs to use the Spending Review to give councils the power to speed up developments and set planning fees locally so they can cover the cost of processing applications and ensure planning departments are adequately resourced.”