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Space for a million new homes and more in London without building on greenfields

Green space campaigners today publish evidence showing we don’t need to build on green spaces to solve the housing crisis. The report argues that delivering new homes in London has been hampered by slow build rates and a lack of funding for affordable homes, not, as often suggested, a lack of suitable land.

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What are the real facts and figures behind London’s housing crisis?
 
Population in London is rising and so we need to build more homes – and we are building more homes: in London, 25,000 homes were built last year and there is space already identified for at least 560,000 new homes. We have a 22 year supply of land in London if we build 25,000 new homes a year.
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The London Green Belt Council and CPRE London's joint report ‘Safe Under Us?’ highlights how government policies and sanctions appear to be forcing councils to release Green Belt land for development.
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Our Threats to London's Green Belt Map is being developed as part of a partnership project with the London Green Belt Council and CPRE branches in Essex, Kent, Beds, Bucks, Berks, Surrey, Herts and London. It shows the threats that we are aware of to London’s Green Belt: by a ‘threat’ we mean that there is a proposal to build on a protected Green Belt site or the Green Belt protection is at risk of being removed. To view the map click below

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Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land in Greater London enjoy the highest level of protection from development. These protections, put in place many years ago, have ensured that London has not sprawled into the countryside, that derelict areas have been used for development instead of green field sites, and that Londoners have access to green spaces within and close to London.

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Read about what we want to hear from the new Mayor of London. We want she or he to set up PfL - Parks for London, to create 5 new parks and much more.

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The Government is proposing to allow unaffordable starter homes and commuter hubs in London's Green Belt despite there being enough Brownfield sites to provide over 300,000 homes in London alone.

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