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Local authorities are 'holding back' brownfield development

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Local authorities are hindering brownfield development, says estate agent and property services firm cb Hillier Parker.

The firm accuses councils of creating numerous obstacles. Local plans which should identify land-use demands 'are at best out of date.' The national land-use database, which searches for brownfield sites, is being compromised because many local authorities are not declaring all of their land, for fear of being forced to use it for housing. More than 10 per cent of authorities make no use of compulsory purchase orders, a key mechanism in brownfield development.

'With many local planning authorities, there is maintenance of the status quo,' cb Hillier Parker says. 'The electorate that votes for politicians is one interested in preserving residential amenity. By contrast those which provide economic growth, the wealth creators, have no say - they are not enfranchised in the current system.'

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