Min­is­ter rad­i­cal on new build­ing

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

PLAN­NING Min­is­ter Nick Boles caused a stir this week af­ter stat­ing that build­ing on an­other two to three per cent of the land in Eng­land would solve the hous­ing prob­lem.

Mr Boles said open land would be built on in ex­change for com­mit­ments to de­fend green belt spa­ces. De­scrib­ing cur­rent house­build­ing as “ugly rub­bish” on the BBC ‘s News­night pro­gramme, he added: “The built en­vi­ron­ment can be more beau­ti­ful than na­ture and we shouldn’t ob­sess about the fact that the only land­scapes that are beau­ti­ful are open, some­times build­ings are bet­ter.”

The min­is­ter, ex­pected to take a rad­i­cal ap­proach to his brief, said that open land, rather than green belt, will be tar­geted.

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