Shepley on... why meaningless measures must be stamped out

Mark Prisk, Conservative MP for Hertford and Stortford, is a chartered surveyor, so obviously knows his onions. He claimed recently that an area of green belt the size of Lincoln has been lost since 1997. Deputy prime minister John Prescott, a rather more familiar figure, said last month that the government has saved an area of greenfield land the size of Oxford by raising housing densities.

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