Building in the countryside

Claims from the chairman of the National Trust Sir Simon Jenkins that the majority of housing in the future should be in towns and cities have drawn a sharp response from the Anglia region.

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Warning over new homes in the countryside

There's been a stark warning to youngsters growing up in the countryside that it's not your right to live there, close to family, when you grow up and leave home.

The warning is from the head of the National Trust Sir Simon Jenkins who wants to protect rural areas from over development and says new houses should be built in towns and cities.

But his comments have drawn an angry response from people in this region who claim village life will die without new investment.

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The debate over building in the countryside

The CRPE, the campaign group to protect rural England, says it disagrees with Sir Simon Jenkins who's called for future new homes to be built in towns and cities and not rural areas.

Sir Simon is chairman of the National Trust and says children raised in the countryside have no automatic right to live near their parents when they leave home.

Kate Houghton of the CPRE said: "We want a living countryside and if people are going to work in the countryside and keep strong family ties then we need to make sure there are affordable houses."

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