27 April 2013

Build on the greenbelt now

the true enemy of our threatened wildlife like the nightingale is not housing but agricultural intensification ... 
There is now more bio-diversity in back gardens than on English farms. ... 
Intensively farmed land has a negligible - even negative - environmental value and is almost sterile from the point of view of wild life; take a look at the 2011 National Ecosystem Assessment. That is the sort of land we should be allowing houses to be built on. The vehement opposition to building on any intensively farmed greenbelt land fails to recognise it for what it is – almost worthless from a social, environmental or amenity perspective. 
Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at LSE

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