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10-27-2018, 03:19 PM
Plan to Build a Million Houses Could Destroy 67,000 Acres of Countryside

Britain’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is proposing to build a million homes between Oxford and Cambridge as immigration drives demand — but campaigners claim the plan would lead to the destruction of 67,000 acres of countryside.
The Government will respond to the NIC’s recommendations for the development of the so-called ‘Oxford-Cambridge Arc’ by Monday, triggering a flurry of protest from pro-countryside campaigners.

“If given the green light, this development will change the face of England’s countryside forever,” warned the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), citing research suggesting previously developed brownfield land within the Arc could only accommodate 50,000 houses — and noting that the remainder would, therefore, have to be built over farmland and woodland.

“Despite costing at least Ł5.5 billion in public money, there has been no formal public consultation around developing the Arc. The lack of debate equates to a major, and troubling, democratic deficit at the heart of the proposals,” the CPRE’s spokesman continued.