Build homes all over green belt, says crooked think-tank founded by new planning minister

Tony Gosling tony at
Fri Sep 14 13:05:04 BST 2012

Why 'crooked'? Here's why... Evidence of extremism in mosques 'fabricated'
Martin Hodgson  - The Guardian, Thursday 13 December 2007
A rightwing thinktank which claimed to have uncovered extremist 
literature on sale at dozens of British mosques was last night 
accused of basing a report on fabricated evidence. The report by 
Policy Exchange alleged that books condoning violent jihad and 
encouraging hatred of Christians, Jews and gays were being sold in a 
quarter of the 100 mosques visited. But BBC2's Newsnight said 
examination of receipts provided by the researchers to verify their 
purchases showed some had been written by the same person - even 
though they purported to come from different mosques. Several 
receipts also misspelled the names or addresses of the mosques where 
the books were supposedly sold.

Evidence of extremism in mosques 'fabricated' by Policy Exchange

Build thousands of homes on the green belt, says think-tank founded 
by new planning minister
By Jason Groves - PUBLISHED: 01:12, 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 
07:46, 13 September 2012
A think tank founded by Britain's new planning minister last night 
called for thousands of homes to be built on Green Belt land.
The study by the centre-right group Policy Exchange said councils 
should be forced to free up vast swathes of countryside for house 
building in a bid to get the moribund market moving again.
The report said it was a 'myth' that the housing market was being 
held up by a lack of bank lending. The real problem, it said, was a 
'failed planning system' that made it attractive for developers to hoard land.
Thousands of acres of green belt land like this in High Wycombe 
should be considered for development, says the Policy Exchange think-tank
The call is likely to raise fresh concerns about the approach of the 
newly appointed Planning Minister Nick Boles, who founded Policy 
Exchange and retains close links to the organisation.
The appointment of Mr Boles, who once called for planning 
restrictions to be replaced by 'chaos', has already alarmed many 
conservationists. In a speech earlier this year he branded opponents 
of planning reform as 'hysterical scare-mongering latterday Luddites'.
In its new report Policy Exchange suggested that 'new urban 
developments' could be built near existing cities 'without causing 
political turmoil'. The proposal would almost inevitably mean 
building on the green belt land set aside around many cities to 
prevent urban sprawl.
The study also called for self-build homes and so-called garden 
cities to be 'allowed outside of the existing planning system' if 
they could show they had local support.
And it said that targets requiring councils to favour developments on 
so-called brownfield sites should be relaxed to 'release new land 
into the market'.
In the longer term, the report suggests that people neighbouring 
valuable green field sites could be paid off to drop their opposition 
to new house building. This 'compensation' from developers could also 
help pay for new local parks and services.
The report's author Alex Morton said the reforms would end the 
incentive for developers to stockpile so-called 'land banks'.
Mr Morton said: 'The rise in house prices is really about a rise in 
the value of land with planning permission, not some magical process 
of wealth creation.
This rise should mean more homes are built, but our existing planning 
system instead allows councils to decide where and how many homes 
need to be built.
'Developers know land release will always be inadequate. They 
therefore hold on to land because it rises in value and it takes a 
long time to get hold of, meaning that they don't build enough new 
housing. The warped nature of the market is shown by the fact house 
prices have tripled but new homes being built have actually fallen.
'Centrally imposing homes hasn't worked. Fortunately there are many 
sensible options they can pursue in its place that will build the 
homes we need.'
The study is likely to raise fresh concerns about the Government's 
approach to the green belt. In a study earlier this year Policy 
Exchange said 60 per cent of green belt land was actually intensive 
farmland, much of it of no special landscape value.
Chancellor George Osborne has suggested developers should be allowed 
to build on green belt land in some circumstances, provided other 
land nearby is set aside for protection.
On BBC2's Newsnight last week, Mr Boles twice refused to say whether 
he felt the green belt was 'sacrosanct'.
Pressed on the subject, he added: 'There are currently flexibilities 
in the regime that many local authorities don't understand...
'What we are trying to remind them is that in exceptional 
circumstances they can slightly change the boundaries of their green 
belt.' 'What we are trying to remind them is that in exceptional 
circumstances they can slightly change the boundaries of their green belt.'
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