"The green belt is not black and white" - The Times

  • Date: 05/04/2015

With the election approaching Carol Lewis, writing in The Times, looks at the findings of the Homeowner Survey, carried out on behalf of the HomeOwners Alliance, myhomemove and BLP Insurance, and what this tells us about attitudes to construction and the green belt.

'Today rapid population growth and a dearth of land is putting extreme pressure on green belts. Renowned architect Richard Rogers is one of many to express an opinion on the topic in recent days, saying "We don't need to overflow into new towns on greenfield sites until we have made the most of brownfields."

He has popular backing: 56 percent of respondents to the 2015 Homeowner Survey, published this week, oppose building on green belt land even if it is "of little environmental or no amenity value". The survey, sponsored by BLP Insurance asked 2,184 homeowners and aspiring homeowners for their views on key housing issues. Only 27 percent of those surveyed support building on the green belt, although this rises to 37 percent among those who are yet to buy their first home.'

For the full article, visit The Times.

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