Britain’s housing crisis: 460,000 homes planned on London greenbelt as government ‘hits target’ on home-building

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, published yesterday, showed plans for almost 460,000 homes have been penciled in for green belt land since 2013 as councils lift planning protections, opening the way for developers.

The CPRE’s report showed there are plans for almost 460,000 homes on green belt land. Green belt areas can be built on if councils grant planning permission directly or remove the land’s official status. Both methods have been used.

Only 70 houses or flats were built in the green belt in 2009/10 compared with 8,143 in 2017/18.

In 2016/2017 217,350 new homes were completed, the first time the Government’s self-imposed threshold has been met since before the financial crisis.

This is is the second highest annual rate since the Government began recording net additions in 1992, and has only been beaten in 2007/8 when 223,530 were built.

Source: DCLG