Opinion PUBLISHED: 09:33 14 September 2018 Caroline Culot Pic: www.gettyimages.co.uk After cabinet minister Liz Truss called for more homes to be built in the countryside, the debate has raged on over whether the government needs to change planning laws to enable this. Property editor Caroline Culot asked two estate agents for their view. Tim Stephens, Humberts. Pic: www.edp24.co.ukTim Stephens, Humberts:‘Building over swathes of our beautiful countryside is not the answer’Nick Taylor, Hadley Taylor. Pic: www.edp24.co.ukThe Green Belt was a government backed policy to prevent urban sprawl and to protect our precious countryside; a finite commodity. Urban sprawl uses up farmland and wildlife habitats, and increases flood risk, air pollution and car dependency. The concept and policy has to be right, not only for appeasing those NIMBYS (not in my back yard) groups, but also for those townies who walk in and enjoy the leisure and health benefits of the countryside. Approximately 315 hectares of green fields were built over in the last year – a small percentage (0.02%) of the 1.6m hectares designated as Green Belt. However, facing the current housing crisis and a need to satisfy housing demand – why should not more land be allocated to satisfy demand?… Read full this story
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