Hole in one for housebuilding?

As the country’s housing crisis continues to grow so do the number of resolutions on how to fix it. The latest, is one of the stranger ones that property developer Richard Carr has come across, which is to build on green belt golf courses to meet the demand.

Meeting London’s demand

Uk Green Belt Land - Richard Carr

Is building on green belt land a viable option?

The claims have been made in a report published by free market think-tank the Adam Smith Institute who stated that allowing homes to be built on green belt golf courses could meet half of London’s demand for housing.

A Garden of Ones’ Own published by the Institute said that large amounts of green belt was land was dedicated to golf across London and the Home Counties.

Furthermore, it claimed that 1 million homes are needed within the metropolitan green belt. It believes that a density of 50 unites per hectare, meaning 20,000 hectares of land would be needed to meet the current void.

Fairways only

Despite golf courses being the main target of the course, the report insisted that not all the courses would be needed.

“It is likely that the metropolitan green belt contains upward of 10,000 hectares of golf course,” said the report.

“Not all of this could (or indeed should – people have every right to play golf) be developed. But if even a fraction of it could be, that would provide space for tens if not hundreds of thousands of homes in areas that are likely to be reasonably well served by public transport.”


The reports main argument was that the current protection of green belt land was “unsuitable”.

“The increasing demand for housing is putting pressure on our cities, the growth and prosperity of which is strangled by urban containment policies that were introduced nearly 70 years ago,” said the report.

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