Once again a Tory Minister, this time the newly appointed Planning Minister, Mr Nick Boles, has made an extreme statement concerning the need to build all over our precious agricultural land and countryside. He also described campaigners fighting to protect the countryside as “hysterical, scaremongering, latter-day Luddites”. That’s quite a mouthful coming from such a new Minister. So you now know what he thinks of you !
On a Newsnight program he stated that 9 % of England had been built on so far and we need to build on another 3%. In real terms this 3% is about the size of Greater London ! This is also about the area of Devon. He also made a statement recently that Green-belt land was only safe “for now” from development.
According to Sir Andrew Motion (CPRE Pres) , and quoted from his Observer article referenced below, – “one can imagine armchair psychiatrists watching Newsnight dusting down diagnoses of Oedipus complex in the minister, who grew up in a Grade II-listed house in Devon, the son of Sir Jack Boles, then head of the National Trust. What better way to exorcise subconscious patricidal angst than to become concreter-in-chief of what your father held most dear?”
One of Nick Boles’ unforgettable sentences in his maiden speech was this one :- “The built environment can be more beautiful than nature and we shouldn’t obsess about the fact that the only landscapes that are beautiful are open – sometimes buildings are better,” After you have recovered from this assault on your common sense perhaps you should remind him of all the complex issues involved, such as being able to feed ourselves when we can no longer import food or the need to have somewhere to actually get away from the “built environment”, and go for a walk ?
If you would like to read a report on his speech then go to this BBC News link here.
There is a very good commentary in the Observer newspaper on Nick Boles wisdom by the new CPRE President, Sir Andrew Motion, which can be accessed here.
If you cannot resist telling him what you think of his big ideas then his contact details are as follows:- Westminster, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 7079