John Le Carré joins literary charge to stop housing being built across England's countryside
WRITER John Le Carré has joined a literary charge to stop housing being built across England’s countryside.
The author, who lives in St Buryan, has signed a letter condemning plans that will see 650,000 homes, including 150,000 on green belt sites, spring up across some of the most distinctive rural landscapes.
Le Carré and 19 others warned the government that developments would spoil parts of the country that have inspired generations of poets, artists and novelists.
In an open letter published in the Sunday Times the group argues a policy that supports the use of greenfield sites over brownfield areas in cities threatens the “matchless beauty of England”.
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It supports the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), an organisation fighting against development and warning the scale of housing projects is “unprecedented”.
The call is led by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, chairman of CPRE. Other signatories include Sir Quentin Blake, Bill Bryson and Simon Armitage.