Nick Boles: ‘We’ve got to build more on open land’

Nick Boles is calling for the amount of developed land in England to rise from nine per cent to 12 per cent.

Nick Boles is calling for the amount of developed land in England to rise from nine per cent to 12 per cent.

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MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles will argue on Newsnight tonight that new housing must be built on open land for the next generation to have homes.

Mr Boles argues that the amount of land in England being developed on must rise by two to three per cent to 12 per cent to “solve our housing problem”.

He said: “We are going to protect the greenbelt. We are going to keep the greenbelt but people, if they want to have housing for their kids, if they want to have people able to bring up their kids with a small house and a garden, they have got to accept that we have got to build more on some open land.”

He added: “About nine per cent of land developed is developed in any way so that’s 91 per cent that is not. All we need to do is build on probably another two or three per cent of land over the next 20 years and we will have solved our housing problem.”

The BBC is quoting Mr Boles as using Stamford as the prime example of how new developments should be built.

Talking about Stamford, Mr Boles said: “Local tradespeople... decided they wanted to build nice places to live.

“We’ve somehow forgotten to do that, which is why people object to us building on open farm and land - they build ugly rubbish.

“If we remember to build places like Stamford, people won’t mind us building in fields.”

Mr Boles will be speaking on Newsnight tonight at 10.30pm on BBC Two.