"It is very disappointing that the Government has decided to give priority to the issue of garden grabbing rather than help the thousands of families in this country that need an affordable home. There are over 4.5 million people on social housing waiting lists and thousands more families unable to get on the housing ladder. By further limiting the supply of new housing we are in danger of creating a country of the have and have nots with only the most affluent being able to buy a house."
"Reclassifying all gardens will inevitably mean even more pressure to build on the Green Belt and the countryside. What is need is a comprehensive review of the planning system to look at how we can allocate more land for housing. We know that there are pockets of land of under two hectares that could address the housing crisis but which are not counted in the official statistics."
"With a rising population and house building at its lowest level since 1923 the Government needs to be thinking about increasing the supply of housing rather than decreasing it. A review of all the barriers to house building would have been a better and more constructive start rather than targeting one particular issue which will do nothing to help the majority of people wanting a home. "
In a separate statment Ian Baker, Group Managing Director for Housebuilding at Galliford Try Homes, said:
“Residential development on this classification of brownfield land has been an important part of delivering housing in the South East. It would be naïve to think that this new ruling will somehow open up opportunities for development on other brownfield land which is either not released by the local authority or unviable for use due to the high clean-up costs.
“Minimum density targets should still be in place as guidance to ensure the best use of land in context of the local area and to allow developers to respond to market demand and build the homes that people want to live in.”
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