Site puts brown­field ar­eas on the map

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@reach­plc.com @visiter

Omega Hol­i­days was es­tab­lished in 1979 and was fam­ily owned and man­aged un­til be­com­ing part of the JG Travel Group in 2017. The fam­ily friendly ap­proach to cus­tomer ser­vice re­mains a core part of the Omega of­fer­ing.

DE­VEL­OP­ERS and res­i­dents can now check an in­ter­ac­tive map of brown­field sites around South­port.

Each plot is marked by a dot and fea­tures de­tails of whether it is owned by the coun­cil or not, the size, min­i­mum suit­able num­ber of prop­er­ties it could fit and whether plan­ning per­mis­sion is in place.

Some sites fea­tures mis­cel­la­neous notes.

The map was cre­ated by the Na­tional Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion (NHF), which has iden­ti­fied and mapped more than 17,000 brown­field sites around Eng­land to­talling around 27,700 hectares (68,450 acres) – about the same size as Birm­ing­ham – and with enough space for more than 961,000 homes.

It is not en­tirely com­pre­hen­sive, with some derelict sites not fea­tured, and some of the fea­tured plots may al­ready be be­ing built on.

Among those to wel­come the map’s launch was the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Of Builders (NFB), which said it could help to tackle the hous­ing cri­sis.

It said com­men­ta­tors and de­ci­sion mak­ers can use it to bet­ter un­der­stand the chal­lenges, rather than as­sum­ing it shows that nearly a mil­lion homes can be pro­vided.

Richard Beres­ford, NFB chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “This tool is an­other ex­am­ple of the pri­vate sec­tor ris­ing to the hous­ing chal­lenge.

“It may not give the full brown­field story, but it serves as a re­minder that lo­cal au­thor­i­ties must do more to en­able de­vel­op­ment within our ex­ist­ing com­mu­ni­ties.”

Rico Wo­j­tulewicz, House Builders As­so­ci­a­tion se­nior pol­icy ad­viser, said: “There are a large num­ber of brown­field sites not in­cluded in this tool, as well as sites that are not de­liv­er­able.

“Map­ping them helps the en­tire hous­ing sup­ply chain un­der­stand how com­plex land own­er­ship and sites al­lo­ca­tions re­ally are.”

The Na­tional Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion map of brown­field sites around South­port

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