Just as green space is believed to have a therapeutic effect on people, brownfield land
could perhaps be acting on health as a form of "untherapeutic" landscape.
Co-operative Group spokesman, Matthew Stafford, said: "The application provides a unique opportunity to secure the development of vacant and derelict brownfield land
, which is currently a wasted resource in a sustainable location in Penistone.
A report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) challenges suggestions that there is a shortage of former industrial or business land for new housing in the region, and says the area of brownfield land
is growing faster than it is being used.
The New Local Government Networks (NLGN) is calling for the Government and local councils to make better use of the estimated 3,500 hectares of unused brownfield land
to create new community allotments.
Outline proposals have been drawn up for a North East "ecotown" including up to 5,000 homes on 328 hectares of predominantly brownfield land
at Cambois on the Northumberland coast.
With environmental issues so high on the agenda, the government has also set a target of 60 per cent of new-build homes to be built on previously developed, recycled or brownfield land
to avoid building on our greenfield areas (68 per cent actually achieved in 2004).
The scheme will complement our other developments, reclaim brownfield land
and help to meet the needs of existing local companies as well as attracting new investment and jobs.
The Government also wants to increase by 5pc the number of houses built on brownfield land
Mr Lewis published the bidding criteria for a share of Au200 million that will help create 10 housing zones on brownfield land
where it will be easier to build new homes quickly.
The North East has a substantial supply of brownfield land
but, as I have said previously, such sites are slow and expensive to prepare and generally not in the areas where the house buyer wishes to live.
Why isn't the brownfield land
being used for further development?
A restriction requiring councils to build 70 per cent of new homes on previously-developed brownfield land
is due to be lifted in 2016, raising fears of increased development in rural parts of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.