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Don’t concrete over Britain

There is no need to colonise rural Britain for new buildings

By Simon Jenkins   June 2013

“The politics of land use, long policed by the planning system, has degenerated into warfare, and at its core lies housing”

Where should the houses go? In a country as small as Britain there is too little space to grow food, to walk, admire the view, build factories, offices, towns and cities. There is too little space for houses, especially houses.

The population of the United Kingdom today is 63m, up from 42m a century ago and 4m more than in 2001. The main driver of this growth, immigration,…

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