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Show Us a Waste of Space says CPRE Gloucestershire

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

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10 September 2014

A national campaign to identify derelict sites and vacant land in towns and villages that could be suitable for new homes has come to Gloucestershire.

The #WasteOfSpace campaign, launched by The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), is being supported locally by CPRE’s Gloucestershire branch, which is actively encouraging local residents to record derelict sites and vacant land in Gloucestershire and add it to CPRE’s ‘WasteOfSpace’ map of England.

Residents are being asked to send a photograph of the site (as simple as a quick snap on a smartphone) along with an address - either a postcode or rough street address by:

CPRE Gloucestershire branch chair Charlie Watson, said: “A key principle for CPRE nationally, and in Gloucestershire, is that derelict and vacant sites which are known as brownfield sites should be redeveloped ahead of further encroachment on to green fields and Green Belt land. The amount of brownfield land available is greater than official figures suggest and many local authorities are failing to prioritise its use.”

CPRE wants to find out how much brownfield land is actually available and suitable for much needed new housing. Shaun Spiers, CPRE’s national Chief Executive, added: “At the last count, there was enough brownfield land in England to accommodate at least 1.5 million homes, so we believe the latest 200,000 target is grossly unambitious. With so much wasted space available it is nonsensical that 700,000 new homes are currently planned for our open countryside, 200,000 of which are in the Green Belt.
England is an ever more crowded country so let’s use our land wisely, for people and nature. Using brownfield land and empty buildings is a win-win making our towns more valuable and saving our precious countryside.”

For more information telephone 01452 309 783 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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