Countryside is being 'concreted over' by housing development at its fastest ...

The countryside is being 'concreted over' by housing development at its fastest rate for 25 years, it has emerged.

A Government drive to release greenfield land to build houses has resulted in the countryside being 'ripped up' and fuelled an unaffordable housing crisis, campaigners say.

It comes as it was revealed that 8,240 acres of greenfields were lost to development last year alone, an area equivalent to a town the size of Hastings in East Sussex. 

The countryside is being 'concreted over' by housing development at its fastest rate for 25 years, it has emerged

The countryside is being 'concreted over' by housing development at its fastest rate for 25 years, it has emerged

The amount of greenfield land given over to developers has more than doubled in the past four years. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) blames the Government's relaxation of planning regulations and its 'build more at any cost approach'.

And it suggested the Government could be undermining its commitments to deliver UN sustainable development goals.

CPRE

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