Unless ministers produce a drastically different document in the next few weeks, this experience is going to become commonplace throughout the country, not least because – as a report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) will reveal on Monday – the reforms will withdraw a 25-year-old safeguard from more than half of the English landscape.
Yes, the NIMBYs have managed to make half the country off limits to building.
For a quarter of a century, planners have been obliged to take “the intrinsic character and beauty” of such wider countryside into account. The draft NPPF scraps the safeguard. This will make it much easier to build on the Oakham site, in almost all of the rest of Rutland, and on 55 per cent of England’s rural land.
What excellent news! Much more land that can potentially be built upon, thus the scarcity costs, which are more than half of the cost of housing in the South, should fall and housing will become \”more affordable\”.
Isn\’t that just great? A government actually doing something which solves the identified problem?