Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing Development

Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing Development

Author(s): David Adams, Craig Watkins

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780632063871

Online ISBN: 9780470757222

DOI: 10.1002/9780470757222

About this Book

The location of new housing development has become one of the most intractable controversies of modern times. This book provides a powerful critique of the growing tendency to reduce the debate on the development of new housing to a mere choice between greenfield and brownfield locations. It calls for full account to be taken of such factors as the structure and organisation of the housebuilding industry, supply and demand pressures in the housing market, the contested nature of sustainability and the political character of the planning process if a truly effective housing land policy is to be devised.

Drawing on theories from economics and political science, this book will provide an important reference point on the institutional context within which residential development takes place and on the concerns of planning authorities, environmentalists, housebuilders, and their customers in relation to the apparent choice between greenfield and brownfield development.

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