He said: "It is ridiculous to suggest that we shouldn't build these houses until every shred of brown field land
Campaigners say brown field land
in the city should be developed before green belt land is considered.
The public are entitled to know just how much self-centred influence developers have had on the LDF draft core strategy, given that the proposed LDF housing 'target' is 50% higher than the average number of houses actually built per annum over the last 10 years and that the proportion of housing development Kirklees expects to be built on brown field land
is almost half that proposed in Sheffield and Calderdale.
The research Halcrow carried out for the West Midlands Regional Assembly warned that Birmingham City Council needed to concentrate on reinstating floodplains rather than build on brown field land
Banks Developments want to build 470 homes and community facilities on brown field land
at Cambois, near Bedlington.
The new planning policies, based on guidance by John Prescott's department and the North West Regional Assembly, has the laudable aims of prioritising the use of brown field land
rather than green field and regenerating huge swathes of the city where the housing market is deemed to have failed.
Peel, which also owns the Manchester Ship Canal and the Trafford shopping centre, is redeveloping brown field land
bordering the ship canal overlooking the River Mersey on Mersey Road.
Since then furious residents have urged planners to reconsider, saying empty homes should be filled and brown field land
developed before plans to build on Coventry's green belt are even considered.
Moving to home working also frees up brown field land
for housing, not industrial, use.
Research compiled for the West Midlands Regional Assembly warns that Birmingham City Council should concentrate on reinstating floodplains rather than build on brown field land
Adding to this, more than pounds 400m - 70% from the private sector - has been ploughed into the regeneration of more deprived areas, bringing more than 70 hectares of brown field land
back into use.
I am in favour of using brown field land
rather than greenfield.