Why the housing minister told a council whose plan has just been found sound to focus on brownfield development

The housing minister's response to a Nottinghamshire council's plan to release green belt land for growth illustrates ministers' concerns about green belt development and their desire to see authorities exhaust brownfield options first, say experts. But it also serves as a reminder that authorities often face little option but to release green belt land to meet their housing need, they add.

by Sarah Townsend
Housing and planning minister Esther McVey (pic: Getty Images)
Housing and planning minister Esther McVey (pic: Getty Images)

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