Britain being buried in concrete

3 November 1999

Britain ‘being buried in concrete’

JOHN REDWOOD, shadow secretary for the environment, accused the government of trying to “fill the countryside with concrete” by allowing development on greenbelt land.

Opening a Conservative-initiated debate in the House of Commons on the development of greenfield sites, he warned of a “massive surge” in housebuilding.

Nick Raynsford, minister of state at the environment, denied there was any government policy to build on a large scale in the countryside.

He said it was not government policy to build 1.1 million homes in the South-East. “The figure is a recommendation . that we will take into account”, he said.

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