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A new plot for The Archers - housing as the latest crop

For a business that only contributes half as much to gross domestic product as the sale of ready-made sandwiches, and gets half its income from taxpayers in the form of grants, farming can certainly whip up a storm of indignation. Just mention the idea of building a million houses in the South East on agricultural land and the 'conservative tendency' can mobilise a whole army of objections. The reason of course boils down to land use and the economic consequences of changes in it. What ...

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