Research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)suggests the best way to increase our housing stock is to build on brownfield sites because these are developed more quickly than greenfield land.
Shaun Spiers, chief executive CPRE, said: “This new research shows that brownfield sites are developed more quickly than greenfield sites, giving the lie to the idea that developing a brownfield site must be difficult or unprofitable. What is needed now is for the Government to put all its energy behind getting houses built on derelict and vacant sites. Crucially, it must drop the idea that the way to get houses built is simply to make more countryside available. The evidence is that this will slow down house building, rather than speed it up.” http://www.cpre.org.uk/media-centre/latest-news-releases/item/4257-brownfield-sites-developed-six-months-faster-than-greenfield-sites [March 16, 2016]