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North Yorkshire escapes building shame

[Wednesday 09 August 2006]

WITH one exception - Ryedale - North Yorkshire councils have escaped being listed in a "name and shame" league table of local authorities who are allowing the building of too many news houses on greenfield sites.

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As a nationwide debate rages over government plans to force local councils into giving planning consent for more new homes, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has investigated every local council in the country to see if too few houses are being built on reclaimed "brownfield" sites or are being built on larger plots of new land than recommended by the Government.

In North Yorkshire, only Ryedale is criticised for allowing too many houses to be built at a density of less than 20 per hectare. But Hull and the East Riding are severely criticised allowing only a third of new houses to be built on brownfield sites.

People wishing to check their own council's record on brownsite building can log on to www.cpre.org.uk/campaigns/planning/stopping-sprawl/index.htm

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