General Article Blueprint for future of UK housing unveiled

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£400m is earmarked to help build homes on brownfield sites and to redevelop empty high streets for housing.

By Richard Reed

A blueprint for the future of new housing in the UK has been unveiled by the government.

Key to the proposals is a bid to identify and redevelop unused urban brownfield sites, while avoiding lengthy planning delays.

Councils will also be told to put housing needs first when redeveloping high streets left empty by retail decline – and to encourage high-rise developments near rail, tube and tram stations.

Next month the government will launch a register of brownfield sites which will map out unused land as part of plans to encourage councils to prioritise this land over greenfield sites – backed by £400m to bring this mostly unused land back to use.

Developers will be able to demolish vacant commercial, industrial and residential buildings and replace them with well-designed homes without getting delayed in a lengthy planning process, meaning that more homes will...

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