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Greenfield housing row erupts
Wednesday 05 February 2003

A MASSIVE row over Government plans for green-field housing will erupt today when Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announces plans for almost two million new homes in England.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is incensed - it has described the plans as a "bundle of contradictions" and a blueprint for "massive green-field sprawl."

Most of the heat is being generated in the South East but the CPRE has researched planning permissions granted county by county and has come up with figures which also suggest large-scale development of open land in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire.

According to these figures, North Yorkshire and York city will get 42,700 new homes, Cumbria 27,500 and Lancashire 39,300.


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