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"The current struggle between ministers and the rural lobby over the future of planning in England is a real 'culture war'.
"It is a stand-off between protectors of the countryside and a Government which believes existing plans stifle economic growth and, in particular, house-building.
"The past success of the lobby to protect the countryside has had the effect of making it even more desirable. Cities are often seen as dangerous and cramped places to live."