Campaigners believe that the plans of building 460,000 houses on the released green belt will not facilitate the underprivileged people due to the rising property costs.
There is a campaign that has the motive to protect rural England and it claims that 78% of the planned developments in the greenfield sites are no where close to affordable when it comes to the poor. They think their claim of being “affordable” is a lie.
The director of the campaign to protect rural England said people are “being sold a lie” and will “go on struggling to afford a place to live”. On the other hand, the government spokesman came forward and said that the green belt protection is being improved day by day. He claims that the green belt which covers a vast area is now 30,000 hectares larger than it was in the year 1997 and that the council will only make any further enlargements if there are “exceptional circumstances”.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England claims that using more brownfield sites will help the poor to get cheaper accommodation opportunities. They analyzed that this can provide more than one million homes in England.
It is believed that the local authorities that have green belt land have adequate brownfield sites to built 720,000 homes for the needy.
All you need to know about green belt
Green belt was first introduced as the World War 2 ended. This step was taken to avoid overcrowding the countryside. Building on the green belt is usually restricted until there are exceptional cases.
Almost 13% of England is said to be occupied and the 14 green belt areas are in need to be saved. Green belt areas include breathtaking public places such as the Chiltern Hills and North Downs. But there are also green belt areas that are unattractive and are not limited to public access. On the other hand, brownfield sites are usually more expansive areas to built houses on as you will have to clear the fields before any further construction can take place.
Latest analysis of The Campaign to Protect Rural England indicated that 72% of the homes that were built in the green belt last year could not be categorized as “affordable” even in the government’s own definition.