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Less is poor


Housing minister Keith Hill, by the way, should have a word with himself about his latest utterance on county houses and rural development. New Labour's latest claim is that it would be wrong to allow further country house development because what country folk want is homes for young people, key workers and the elderly. (They also want hunting, but that is another matter. ) I wonder if the minister has ever thought about building this muchneeded housing as part of Section 106 agreements related to country houses? Has anyone told him that the tradition of the countryside was always to provide homes for workers as part of grand estate developments? I wonder if the country house policy was discussed at Chequers? Does he think history began in 1997?

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