|Link to The Independent|
"... George Osborne – and let us be clear, it is Mr Osborne who is driving the policy, not the man ostensibly in charge of planning, the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles – is sweeping away [protection of the countryside] and replacing it with nothing.
"And it's not only in PPS7. It's also in Planning Policy Statement 4, paragraph 10: the Government's aim is to achieve:
'inclusive and locally distinctive rural communities, whilst continuing to protect the open countryside for the benefit of all.'That's being swept away as well."