Green Belts and Brown Fields: the horns of the development dilemma? (June 2007, Martin Edwards and Christiaan Zwart)

Green Belts and Brown Fields: the horns of the development dilemma? (June 2007, Martin Edwards and Christiaan Zwart)


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This article was originally published in Solicitors Journal in June 2007.

“As the modern town and country planning system reaches its half-century it faces more challenges than ever before. The problems that faced the architects of the 1947 Act are markedly different from today’s pressing problems. Possibly the greatest challenge is finding enough land on which to build all the new homes and infrastructure facilities without desecrating what remains of the unspoilt parts of the country. Even a cursory glance at a map of the world’s population vividly demonstrates that the British Isles, and the south-east of England in particular, contains some of the most densely populated parts of the globe. And yet it is the crowded south east where the development pressures are the greatest…”


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