Government planning reforms are leaving communities "increasingly powerless" to stop damaging development in the countryside, the Campaign to Protect Rural England warned yesterday.
The campaign said 20 major housing schemes in open countryside have been given the green light despite being previously refused by the council or not in line with development plans for the local area.
Chief executive Shaun Spiers said that the country badly needs more affordable housing in rural areas.
"But we will not get housing on the scale we need without popular consent, and there will be no popular consent unless local communities believe that they are being listened to."
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