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Councils offered huge ‘bribes’ to build homes on green belt

Councils are being offered “bribes” worth hundreds of millions of pounds to build homes in the green belt, campaigners have said.

The government has promised to pay councils a new homes bonus, typically worth £9,000, for each home they build — including in England’s 14 green belts, the protected land around cities where development is meant to be strictly limited.



  • £128m paid to East Hertfordshire district council to build 15,700 homes on green-belt land
  • £125m to Central Bedfordshire for 13,000
  • £68m to Guildford for 8,200
  • £45m to Birmingham for 5,000
  • £33m to Windsor & Maidenhead for 2,900