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Government brownfield plans 'progressing well'

Published: 14/09/2007

Government brownfield plans

Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper has revealed that the government is making good progress with its plans to locate disused public sector land as part of its plan to build more affordable housing.

Earlier this year Gordon Brown unveiled plans to build 240,000 homes per year in order to meet a target of three million new homes by 2020, based predominately on the re-use of brownfield land.

Ms Cooper has said that 200 further sites have now been identified, with 750 brownfield sites now under assessment as to their suitability for development.

The government's plans to increase housing growth will be overseen by the new Homes and Communities Agency, Ms Cooper added.

"Families across the country need more affordable homes. We want to give more support to communities and councils who are doing their bit to deliver the extra homes we need," she asserted.

The government has a long term goal of building 60 per cent of new homes on brownfield land.

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