Mark Whitehead 18 October 2018

Builders warn new mapping tool fails to tell 'full brownfield story'

Builders warn new mapping tool fails to tell full brownfield story image

Building companies have cast doubt on research showing a million new homes could be built on undeveloped brownfield sites.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) says the tool developed by the National Housing Federation (NHF), representing housing associations, was out of date.

Last week the NHF announced it had designed an interactive map showing all the brownfield sites in the country and how many new homes could be built on them.

But the NFB today said the map was based on out of date local plans and urged decision makers not to assume it could deliver the number of homes suggested.

The NFB's chief executive, Richard Beresford, said: 'This tool is another example of the private sector rising to the housing challenge.

'It may not give the full brownfield story, but it serves as a reminder that local authorities must do more to enable development within our existing communities.'

Rico Wojtulewicz, senior policy advisor of the House Builders Association, added: 'There are a large number of brownfield sites not included in this tool, as well as sites that are not deliverable.

'Mapping them helps the entire housing supply chain understand how complex land ownership and sites allocations really are.'

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Service Manager - Children in Care

Pembrokeshire County Council
£46,514 - £48,412
The successful candidate will need to be able to manage a large number of competing and at times conflicting priorities, whilst... Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Recuriter: Pembrokeshire County Council

Neighbourhood Services Divisional Manager

Northumberland County Council
You will provide professional and technical advice on all Neighbourhood Services functions. As an effective leader you will coordinate and manage... Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Service Fulfilment Analyst (IT Technician)

Essex County Council
£24001.0 - £28280 per annum + plus benefits
Please note this is a 6 month, fixed term contract / secondment opportunity. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Team Manager - Adoption South Essex

Essex County Council
£46001.0 - £57000.0 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
We are one of the most effective and progressive Children and Families Service in the country. Our vision is to support families through strengths bas England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue