Train4TradeSkills News: Would Green Belt building boost UK housing market?
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday to build thousands of new homes across England, a report published today from one of David Cameron’s favorite think tanks is calling for Green Belt planning rules to be relaxed to allow the development of new towns and cities which will further help jobs creation and boost the building industry.
The report suggests the government is willing to work together on planning policies to be changed in order to ease building activities and encourage growth in the building sector.
Professionals in the building industry from plumbers and electricians to engineers welcomed the government’s proposals because it means more building contracts for them and as a consequence more money is to be generated as a result.
Boosting the housing market and helping the building sector is one of the key priorities for the government. The Cities for Growth report from the Policy Exchange claims building on Green Belt land will help solve the housing crisis.
The authors claim there are not enough brown field sites to deal with future demands for housing needs and that the current restrictions on Green Belt development are hampering the economy when growth is vital for the future of Britain.
Alex Morton, author of the report, said: “Building new garden cities sounds radical. But we have successful examples in the UK, from the original garden cities to new towns like Milton Keynes and major planned developments like Docklands and the Olympic site.
“There are significant advantages in concentrating a lot of development in one place, allowing proper planning for infrastructure, and allowing us to create green and pleasant places to live.”
The Cities for Growth report is only one of the measures proposed to deal with the current housing market. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is expected to announce next Tuesday further measures aiming to boost the building sector and stimulate the housing market.
Demands for plumbers, electricians and professionals in the renewable energy are expected to rise significantly with further announcements to boost the housing market and help the economy.
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