But how did we get to this point?

How did we get to a point where our greenfield sites are under massive threat, when we have a Tory and supposedly pro-countryside government in power? We could go back to Thatcher’s period in office, when the policy of selling off council housing stock was adopted. An admirable plan to expand the property-owning democracy, but the money raised should have been returned to councils for them to build up housing stock for future generations of people in need of them.

Now, and again under a Tory Government, a policy of embarking on a mass programme of house building is supposed to drag us out of the economic doldrums, propped up with a massive amount (a cool £15.5 billion) of taxpayers’ money (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/9947318/Planning-ministers-war-on-the-countryside.html). This flawed policy is more akin to something we could expect in the twilight of a failing government just before an election … a vague attempt at holding on to power.

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