but we are proud of the Green Belts and other controls that have stopped, for example, south-east England from becoming a sprawling megapolis like much of the US East Coast,
But others of us do insist on pointing to the costs of those Green Belts and controls.
They are, for example, a subsidy to everyone within the Green Belt who owns land. They help to explain why housing is so expensive inside said Green Belts.
The controls as a whole explain why, in the SE at least, a good 50% of the price of a house is the permission to build it: not the house itself, not the land underlying it, but just the chitty that says that you can build a house there.
Given the pain and grief this imposes on people looking for somewhere to live, perhaps that price should be tempered a little, eh?