GOVERNMENT PLANS to allow 24,000 homes in south east England to be built on greenfield land have been attacked by environmental campaigners as 'perverse' and unnecessary.
Deputy prime minister John Prescott wants to build 120,000 new homes in the Thames Gateway regeneration area by 2016, 20% of which to be built on greenfield sites.
But the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) claims that brownfield land could accommodate 300,000 homes, easily meeting the projected demand.
'With its large areas of derelict land, the Thames Gateway offers an unprecedented opportunity to meet the South East's housing needs while improving the environment, ' said CPRE London director Nigel Kersey.
Kersey's comments are made in a CPRE report Thames Gateway: making progress, published last week.
It urges planners to adopt an average density of 90 dwellings per hectare to avoid urban sprawl.