Why a council is asking the government to halt all large housing schemes in its area

A new council administration's ambitious aim to block all new large-scale housing development on climate change grounds is unlikely to be successful, say observers, but the move reflects the tensions in many authorities between the pressure to build more homes and environmental protection goals.

The village of Bury in Arun District surrounded by flood water from the River Arun in January 2014. Pic:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The village of Bury in Arun District surrounded by flood water from the River Arun in January 2014. Pic:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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