State of brownfield 2020

30th January 2021

We have long campaigned for prioritising the use of previously-developed or so-called ‘brownfield’ land for housing because we believe it stops the waste of precious countryside.

This research examines brownfield registers published by the local planning authorities all across England. It follows previous work from CPRE, including “From Wasted Space to Living Spaces” in 2014 and brownfield housing capacity research in 2016 and 2018, all of which have consistently demonstrated that there is sufficient suitable previously-developed land currently available for more than 1 million homes.

And this brownfield land is located in places where people want to live, close to infrastructure and transport links. If this land is used more efficiently, the sites could deliver even more homes – preventing the unnecessary loss of countryside and green spaces.

State of Brownfield 2020