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It's time to prepare yourself for the last great English land grab

So now it has happened, entirely as predicted in this column years ago. With the super-high-density city proving unpopular - as well as horrendously expensive and as bulky and slow as a juggernaut to steer through the planning process - we are to revert to nibbling away at the Green Belt. Thus 'Protecting the countryside' retreats from an inviolable principle to an empty slogan, backed up by newspapers full of photographs of outraged or devastated or distraught country dwellers gazing ...

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