Leeds Building More Houses Than Almost Anywhere Else!

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Leeds Building More Houses Than Almost Anywhere Else!

Leeds Building More Houses Than Almost Anywhere Else!

When it comes to building houses, it seems that Leeds is performing really very well indeed, with new analysis of government data showing that the city lags behind only Tower Hamlets in London and Cornwall with regards to the number of properties being built.

It was found that these three regions have come top for construction and the average number of properties build annually in the last ten years since the recession, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Despite this, however, construction numbers aren’t sufficient to meet long-term demand, with Leeds still having the fourth highest long-term annual need outside the capital. This is according to government estimates, but city council assessments suggest that Leeds has the second highest need in the entire country.

The figures show that ten years after the economic crash, over half the areas in England have still not returned to supplying new homes at the same rates they were prior to the recession.

Richard Lewis, housing boss with Leeds City Council, has now come out and said that it’s time to get rid of the existing planning system, ridding ourselves of our obsession with the greenbelt and giving local authorities the power to start building the properties both the city and the country require for long-term prosperity.

“We do need to look at the world differently,” he said. “We just get wrapped up in repeating an argument that’s been going on ever since the greenbelt was introduced. Well, Leeds has built on so much green land – not greenbelt always – over the last 80 years and Leeds has probably tripled the size it was back then.”

However, leader of the opposition Conservative group Andrew Carter did say that greenbelt is massively important, highly valued by people all over the city. But it’s important to remember that once it’s gone, it is “gone for good” and losing all greenbelt sites would change the city “beyond recognition”. As such, it should be protected at all costs.

Research released earlier this month by the Campaign to Protect Rural England found that the greenbelt is under severe pressure at the moment, even though the government has pledged its commitment to protect it.

Right now, there are 460,000 houses being planned to be built on land that is due to be released from the greenbelt. Moving boundaries when reviewing local plans makes it easier for councils to release land for development but this is only supposed to happen under exceptional circumstances.

As the charity notes, this shrinking of greenbelt land is simply a way of circumnavigating its protected status and is just as harmful as actually building on this land in the first place.

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