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Monday, March 9, 1998 Published at 07:15 GMT



UK

Fewer cars equal more homes, says report
image: [ Almost half the land on building sites is for cars ]
Almost half the land on building sites is for cars

The Government could reach its target for building more homes on reclaimed land by devoting less land to cars, according to a new report.

Car-free housing and community cars, where neighbours share a vehicle, could also help provide more homes in less space.


Andrew Ross of The Town and Country Planning Association (23")
The report by the Town and Country Planning Association stresses all urban areas need to be managed well if they are to be used for housing.

Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the report suggests car-free homes could increase the amount of land available for building.

Andrew Ross, policy officer for the Town and Country Planning Association, said: "There is a finite amount of land in urban areas, and if we want more housing to go into them, then we must make some difficult choices about how we use this space.

"Catering for households who do not wish to own a car is one of the ways forward, although the Government must recognise that this will have to be backed up by good public transport, cycling and walking facilities."


[ image: John Prescott: Wants more new homes on brownfield sites]
John Prescott: Wants more new homes on brownfield sites
The report says that about 40% of every housing site is devoted to cars and car parking.

Its author, Martin Crookston, said: "More than 40% of households in London live without cars, and no one uses a car all the time.

"We can provide different types of housing for different lifestyles without necessarily penalising people's choices, but it will require effort."

Last month John Prescott announced he was abandoning old "predict and provide" policies on forecasting housing demand and aimed to get 60% of new building on brown field or recycled land in towns.
 





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