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Green bodies urge brownfield-first

Ten conservation bodies have issued a report urging political parties to adopt a raft of green goals for their election manifestos including brownfield-first for housing.
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lockedLocal plan faces legal challenge

A local authority faces a legal challenge to its recently adopted local plan from a developer who wants to force more housing development on it.
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Oxfordshire farmland to go

Plans have been submitted to destroy 155ha of agricultural land for 2,600 homes, part of the former North West Bicester "eco town" which will eventually see 6,000 greenfield homes.
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Scottish dereliction unchanged

Figures in Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2014 show the areas of derelict and vacant urban land remain stubbornly unchanged.
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Massive greenfield aspiration admitted

Organisers of the Wolfson Prize whose winners will be announced on 3 September, say the five shortlisted entries reveal a need to build between half a million and two million homes in garden cities, most of them greenfield.
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Natural England seeks refinement

Natural England is seeking tenders for a study to finish refining the results from its appeal for sites which fulfil the criteria for "open mosaic habitats on previously developed land".
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Mixed messages from minister

The planning minister has defended Government policy after it was revealed green belt housing policy has doubled under this Government and recommended councils prioritize brownfield. But he later defended Nick Boles' call to develop 1,500 square miles of greenfield land and recommended a switch to building bungalows.
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Local plan rejected over unnecessary homes

Redcar & Cleveland councillors have thrown out its draft local plan for proposing unnecessary house building.
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Clegg offers garden city inducements

The deputy prime minister says people who suffer when garden cities are built should have their homes bought or council tax reduced during construction, but he made no offer to recompense other victims of greenfield development.
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Planning reforms slipped out

DCLG has slipped out a consultation proposing major planning reforms including change of use, discharge of conditions and environmental impact assessment during the summer recess.
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