Gerald Kells, West Midlands Policy Officer for CPRE, said: "The idea that we're running out of brownfield land
in the West Midlands is a myth.
Around 46% homes would be built on brownfield land
and no properties are to be constructed on green belt sites.
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.
The survey shows that council planners in Rugby have allowed less than a third of development on brownfield land
``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.''
As such, housing for brownfield land
was acceptable and Kirklees planners recommended it be approved.
We are letting weeds grow on brownfield land
instead of building on them.
The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear the need to prioritise building on previously-used brownfield land
, while new measures make it easier to convert existing commercial, retail and agricultural buildings for residential use.
Mr Stevens denied a claim that developers tended to "cherry pick" the best rural sites above the more difficult to develop brownfield land
. He said: "We don't just develop greenfield sites.
It proposes to redevelop the former Vald Birn iron foundry site and nearby brownfield land
at Cambois in Northumberland into 470 homes.
"We fully support the Government's commitment to developing brownfield land
to meet housing needs."
Glen Langham, an associate at Midlands-based property consultants NAI Fuller Peiser, said there are 5,000 hectares of brownfield land
that may be able to accommodate 150,000 new homes in the Midlands.