It’s the campaign to boost urban landlord’s rents.
The vast majority of green belt is open countryside, still rural in character despite being close to London, Birmingham and other cities. This “ordinary countryside” is as precious as our great national parks but it is under serious attack, from day-to-day planning proposals and from a Chancellor who is too ready to blame planning for bigger economic difficulties. It is down to Eric Pickles — backed, I hope, by the Prime Minister — to live up to the Government’s commitments and act to save the green belt.
The actual effect of the green belt is to boost rents for those who own land inside it. London’s green belt aids in making the Duke of Westminster, Earl Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea rich.