Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Building houses on the greenbelt @ BBC Two's 'The New Builds are coming: Battle in the Countryside'

There's a huge amount of pressure to build housing - as vividly shown tonight on BBC Two:

New Homes on the Green Belt - The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside | BBC Two - YouTube   

Here's the programme info:

The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside

Episode 1
The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside 
Series 1  Episode 1 of 2

How do you mend the broken housing market? The country needs to build 300,000 homes a year just to keep up with demand. In this series, film-maker Richard Macer heads to one of our most expensive counties,Oxfordshire, where vast areas of once-protected countryside are being turned into housing. With remarkable access to councillors, developers, architects and campaigners, and filmed over nine months, Richard asks if building these vast estates is a solution to the crisis.

In episode one, Macer explores the controversial decision by the government to free up the green belt to developers. In the tiny charming village of Culham, he finds residents furious at plans to supersize their village to three and a half thousand new homes. But just a few weeks after the announcement of the new estate, sinister developments start to grip the small community. Has little Culham become the centre of a gold rush?

In the second film, Macer is on the other side of the fence, with the architects and the developers who are changing the face of rural Britain, with the people trying to create a sense of community from scratch, and the pioneers making these new mini-Utopias their homes. As one architect of a new development next to the village of Long Hanborough puts it: 'No one has a right to a view -unfortunately. Things change, and we have to get used to that in Britain.'.

BBC Two - The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside, Series 1, Episode 1

With a couple of clips:

Building houses on the greenbelt

With soaring house prices, the government has freed up the greenbelt to new housing development. In this series we explore the impact on communities old and new.

BBC Two - The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside, Building houses on the greenbelt

Culham's rude awakening
The tiny village of Culham could soon be super-sized with a proposed new town comprising 3,500 additional homes.

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