Protecting the Green Belt – Commentary by Ray Mears, Jan 2014

Television Survivalist Ray Mears has a Few Things to Say about Loss of Green Spaces

They touch us inside” and are “our greatest unofficial national park.” They may not be top of the agenda now “but in the future will be“.

In the studio discussion afterwards, the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, confidently describes the new planning regime as “Making sure that housing is in the right place, rather than having a top down direction“. It doesn’t feel like that here!

In fact, it looks like the Minister might be a little complacent about the ability of the new planning regime to get things right – not only in where development goes but also in its ability to deliver economic vibrancy – even in his own constituency.

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