Editor's Opinion: Green sites more favourable
NEW homes in the more leafy suburbs of our towns and cities will always be attractive to buyers.
However, do such developments ease the problems our nation faces in some of our urban areas?
The answer is inevitably no – and at present there does not seem to be a long-term solution to the problem.
In North East Lincolnshire, we have pockets of land in our urban areas that are laying undeveloped – and have been that way for some considerable time.
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Yes, we read this week how one such area is going to be opened up for housing development – but there are more, the old Birds Eye site on Ladysmith Road is a prime example.
However, rather than look at these, developers do seem to be favouring those green sites, out of town, that are mentioned above.
Humberston appears very popular at the moment with three or four plans now on the table, which will add up to hundreds of new homes if they are all given the go-ahead.
And there is no doubt that, if built, these homes will sell, and sell well.
And why not – if you look at the profile of Humberston against parts of inner Grimsby, you can see why a family would lean towards the former – cost taken into account.
But there is certainly scope for affordable homes in our towns – they are built and they do sell.
So how do we ensure that our brown field sites are made more attractive to those looking for new homes, both now and in the future?
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