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As pressure on housing mounts, Caroline McGhie finds more and more ordinary citizens are fighting to preserve their prime location
If you thought that the estate agent's mantra of "location, location, location" had lost resonance since the late 90s property boom, you'd be wrong. Location is still the most important factor influencing property price and saleability. A house in the best neighbourhood can command a price more than a third higher than a similar house in an "average" area, according to a Nationwide report published last week. And when the enviable location of your home is responsible for adding 36 per cent to your property's value, you start to care very much when it's under threat.
For homeowners such as Wyn and Geraldine Davies, there is yet more at stake. They have lived in their Victorian detached house tucked down an unmade road in a hidden enclave of Brentwood in Essex for 20 years.
Opposite them is a pretty wisteria-wrapped house called The Priory which, until her death a couple of years ago, was occupied by an elderly lady. Just after Easter, a developer put in a planning application to demolish it and fill the garden with flats - two three-storey blocks containing 12 units. They were horrified.

The garden of the 'The Priory' is of course classified as "brownfield" land, as is your local playing field, allotment or village green. Surprised? I bet most people think such 'brownfields' are old industrial sites and so forth, in fact a great number of "brownfield" sites are remarkably green and valued spaces within town and city boundaries, however they are the first in the firing line when it comes to brownfield development targets! The nimbies are told to love these targets because it keeps developers off the disused scrubland that happens to be on the wrong side of the town boundary and is therefore protected under the greenbelt.

The developers mentioned above are told (nay, forced) to build on brownfield land, I say forced as no developer their right mind would freely consider buying houses at market value and demolishing them simply to obtain land and planning. So that means The Priory and its garden gets it! But hang on, the nimbies don't like that either, it has backfired in this case, so what's the answer?

The nimbies should just admit that they're BANANA's (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone) as the brownfield myth is starting to ring hollow, not least because we don't have adequate supply of 'brown' land, save from demolishing all of the existing housestock and replacing them with flats.

Edited by BuyingBear

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