I blogged a while ago on the future of land – picking up on David Miliband’s speech to mark the 75th anniversary of the Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England and their subsequent online debate. Checking back on something I noticed an interesting post responding to Miliband by Clive Bates in his Bacon Butty blog.
Clive has 10 ‘provocations’ – some more sensible than provocative, in truth – to improve the UK’s land use strategy. I’m not going to summarise the points but one interesting observation: something approaching 87% of the land in England is green space’ – but when polled (as they were for the Barker Review a majority believe that more than 50% of Englan’s land space is developed. Which may inflect any debate on land use in a way that is potentially counter-productive.