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Nick Boles’ plans “will cast grim shadow” on countryside

PUBLISHED: 11:35 04 December 2012

The plan to build on two million acres of countryside to solve Britain’s housing crisis announced by planning minister Nick Boles has been shunned by campaigners CPRE Protect Kent.

Director Hilary Newport said: “Opening up large new allocations of green field is a sure-fire way to inhibit the much-needed regeneration of brownfield sites and run-down town centres.”

“We believe that the role of the planning system must be to direct development to those places where it is most sustainable and does least harm, and this means that a focus on regeneration rather than sprawl remains crucial.

“We are also concerned that the focus on maintaining the economy of the south east means that a disproportionate amount of these allocations are likely to be concentrated here.”

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