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Nick Boles: 'We must build on an extra 2-3% of the countryside'

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development

Nick Boles: 'We must build on extra 2-3% of countryside' Nick Boles: 'We must build on extra 2-3% of countryside'

The planning minister, Nick Boles, has said that 2-3% of "open land" must be developed to meet the UK's housing needs.

Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight, Mr Boles claimed that only 9% of the country is currently developed and that "a million or two million homes" could be delivered over the next 20 years if "only 2-3% of open land is developed".

The MP for Grantham and Stamford said: "We're saying very clearly that we are going to protect the greenbelt, keep the greenbelt, but if people want homes for their children they are going to have to accept that we are going to have to build more on some open land."

Mr Boles said that "beautiful" housing was needed, and went on to claim that current building styles are "ugly rubbish".

The minister also claimed that having a home with a garden was a "moral right" akin to education and healthcare.

Mr Boles was made planning minister in September's cabinet reshuffle.

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