Sir John Betjeman"s daughter drops a bomb on Nick Boles

Betjeman girl drops a bomb on Boles… By Quentin Letts PUBLISHED: 20:47 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 GMT, 21 December 2012 Minister with plans: Nick Boles wants to make building easier for developers Planning minister Nick Boles has been given a right kick up Santa’s chimney by the daughter of Sir John Betjeman

Two million acres of fields "may be lost" to tackle growing housing crisis

Two million acres of fields ‘may be lost’ to tackle growing housing crisisTold Newsnight that large areas of 'open land' may have to go Blamed developers making 'pig ugly' estates for growing objections to proposals | UPDATED: 08:25 GMT, 28 November 2012 Warning: Planning minister Nick Boles has said that the amount of developed land may increase by a third to ease the housing crisis Up to two million acres of green fields may have to be sacrificed for housing, the planning minister warned last night. In comments that will alarm conservationists, Nick Boles said the amount of developed land may have to increase by up to a third to tackle the growing housing crisis. He told BBC Two’s Newsnight that ministers would protect the Green Belt – but warned that large areas of ‘open land’ may have to be given over for housing.