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Land in Cheddington could become a commuter village

Its part of plans to boost homes close to commuter stations.

Published by Mix96 News at 4:18pm 16th December 2019. 4-minute read.

Land in Cheddington could become a commuter village

A report has been released outlining plans to build houses within walking distance of existing commuter stations.

The report, Homes on the right tracks: Greening the Green Belt to solve the housing crisis is calling for the development of 47,000 hectares of green belt and farm land within a ten-minute walk of 1035 train stations close to major cities.

One of those areas is Cheddington in Aylesbury Vale. 

It means new climate-friendly homes would be within 45 minutes by train to jobs in larger cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle and would be just a 10 minute walk to the local station. 

This would reduce the numbers of commuters relying on their cars and shrink their carbon footprint. 

Paul Cheshire CBE, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, said:

“We need to protect cherished land for public benefit but that is not the purpose of Green Belt designation. It is simply to have empty spaces between cities and prevent development. The land does not need to be ‘green’ – most is privately owned and the biggest use of it is for intensive agriculture.

“Our housing crisis is corroding social trust and causing serious inequality as well as economic inefficiencies as people cannot find affordable homes in places they want to live. It is time to use land for its best social purpose: not to remain fenced in by inflexible boundaries imposed in 1955. These proposals align incentives to use our land for genuine public benefit while reducing our carbon footprint as well as funding needed infrastructure and social housing.”

While the plans would affect just 1.8% of the existing green belt, they increase the number of homes in Britain by almost 10%.

National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and all land generating public benefit would remain exempt from development under these plans.

Andrew Carter, Centre for Cities’ Chief Executive, said:

“We often talk about the need to build 300,000 new homes a year to tackle the housing crisis. But less often do we talk about where in the country these homes need to be built to make a difference.

“Housing provision should follow where people need to live for work. This means building in and around larger cities with lots of jobs. Using existing commuter infrastructure as a base to deliver accessible new homes near our biggest cities could be the simplest way to do this – but it will require political will and compromise on the greenbelt.”

“If these new homes are delivered close to where they are needed near big cities then they will have access to workers to grow their economies and raise local productivity. But if we continue to stall on this then our biggest cities, and the millions of people living in them, will soon pay a big economic price.

The report also recommends giving the new rights to develop to commercial development companies owned by the rail operators such as National Rail or Transport for London.

The profits from this could then replace taxpayer subsidy to the railways.

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