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All over England, green land is being defended

And all over England, it is under attack.

In the Hampshire Chronicle, established in 1772, the lead story reads -

Campaigners trying to save Barton Farm in Winchester have been dealt a major blow by the High Court.

Judges have sided with developer, Cala Homes, in ruling that regional planning targets are still in force.

Put into place by the Labour Government, those targets aimed to turn green counties brown with houses.

We have previously criticized MP Steve Brine for his support of the EU. Today we are glad to applaud him for his defence of our green land. From the Chronicle -

Winchester MP Steve Brine, who has already labelled Cala's scheme as "a gross over-development", played down the developer's victory.

He said: "I am disappointed in this decision and even more disappointed that Cala Homes felt the need to take this provocative step which has done little to endear their plans for Barton Farm to the people of Winchester.

"In reality, however, this judgment changes very little. Later this month the Government will be introducing its Localism Bill to parliament, which will sweep away the controversial regional strategies once and for all."

There is no such thing as once and for all, but we live in hope.

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