De­vel­oper ar­gues sites needed for more than hous­ing

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SEC­TIONS of the green belt should be made avail­able for devel­op­ment to help tackle more than just the hous­ing cri­sis.

That’s the view of Bea­cons­field de­vel­oper Andy Jan­sons, who in­tends to put his case to in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als at a con­fer­ence next week.

In an area where res­i­dents have cam­paigned against the re­lease of green belt land for much-needed hous­ing, Mr Jan­sons takes the de­bate one step fur­ther and will ar­gue that land should also be re­leased for in­dus­try.

Mr Jan­sons, founder of Bea­cons­field-based Jan­sons Prop­erty, said his key mes­sage will be the se­vere short­age of land for in­dus­trial and dis­tri­bu­tion schemes while coun­cils pri­ori­tise hous­ing.

He said: “Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are un- der big pres­sure to re­lease pre­cious land for the hous­ing sup­ply but there is a big mes­sage to get across about a ma­jor short­age of land for man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion.

“I think it’s only go­ing to come from re­leas­ing land from the green belt.”

Mr Jan­sons, who has op­er­ated both an agent and later, a de­vel­oper in over 30 years in the Thames Val­ley will be the open­ing speaker at the Five Coun­ties Con­fer­ence at Wycombe on Fe­bru­ary 22.

He added: “The over­all mes­sage for the whole area is that there is a dras­tic short­age of land for in­dus­trial, ware­hous­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion – and a huge de­mand in the area.

“There is a dwin­dling sup­ply of brown­field land but it is be­ing taken for other uses. There needs to be a lob­by­ing process.”

De­spite Brexit un­cer­tain­ties, Mr Jan­sons sees a pos­i­tive outlook for the prop­erty sec­tor. He be­lieves few have lost busi­ness since the ref­er­en­dum al­though de­ci­sion mak­ing stalled af­ter June 23.

And Brexit he says, could of­fer the chance to re­duce red tape and tax, to gen­er­ate wealth and em­ploy­ment, a process which is be­gin­ning in the US.

Mr Jan­sons said: “In run­ning your own busi­ness you spend a lot of time on ad­min and fill­ing in forms. In the Brexit sce­nario, we could em­brace this. It could be a great thing.”

Around 400-600 prop­erty pro­fes­sion­als are ex­pected to at­tend the con­fer­ence.

More de­tails can be found at­ties-con­fer­ence-2017.

There is a dras­tic short­age of land for in­dus­trial ware­hous­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion – and a huge de­mand in the area Andy Jan­son of Jan­sons Prop­erty

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