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Nonsense About Planning

by | 22nd, September 2011

YOU knew it was coming: as soon as someone suggests that perhaps having only 2% of England covered with houses we might make 3% of the country so covered….to bring down house prices, provide everyone with a garden, that sort of thing….those who already have large houses with large gardens will complain.

You know, the “concreting over of the countryside”, the National Trust on the march, all that. My problem with these people is not just that I don’t believe some of their arguments: I don’t believe that they’re stupid enough to believe their own :

That policy exceeded all expectations, with up to 80 per cent of new homes constructed on such “brownfield land” in recent years – up from 55 per cent in 1989. Between 1995 and 2007, 117 square miles of it were developed for housing; had this been on “greenfield land” instead, an area of open countryside more than six times the size of Southampton would have been swallowed up.

117 square miles “saved” eh? Out of the 50,000 that make up the country. That’s an entire 0.2% of the country so saved over 12 year time period. Why, it would take us over a century to build so many houses on so much green field land that we’d have only 96% of it that wasn’t housing! Appalling is it not?

What else was it that happened in that 12 year period? Ah, yes, that was the ever soaring cost of

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