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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/10761394/Cabinet-minister-protests-to-Cameron-over-house-building.html

A newly-appointed Cabinet minister has privately protested to David Cameron about plans to build thousands of homes on the English countryside.

Nicky Morgan, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women who was promoted in last week’s reshuffle, told Mr Cameron that plans to build 9,000 homes were causing “great concern” to her constituents and could overwhelm local schools and roads.

It suggests senior Tories fear they could be punished by rural voters at the next election, after moves to water-down planning regulations provoked anger.

Mrs Morgan has said she supports the government’s reforms to the planning system, which Mr Cameron hopes will lead to tens of thousands more homes being built.

However, voters in Mrs Morgan’s Loughborough constituency have been alarmed by large housing schemes proposed by Charnwood Council, including a 500-property development near the village of Shepshed and 3,000 homes near Garendon Park, a country estate.

Mrs Morgan, who in a year’s time will be defending a 3,700 majority, relayed their concerns in private meetings with David Cameron, Nick Boles, the planning minister, and Steve Quartermain, the Chief Planner who is the Whitehall official in charge of boosting house building.

Writing on her personal website in November 2013, Mrs Morgan said she had “continued to raise concerns about local planning at the highest levels of Government.”

“Concerns about planning and inappropriate/too much development is one of the most common concerns local residents talk to me about.

“This week I discussed these concerns with both the Prime Minister and the Planning Minister. I made it clear that while people often accept the need to build more affordable housing and also housing for older residents, developers must listen to the views of local residents and consider the pressure on local infrastructure such as roads and schools.”

The comments were among a series of news entries on Mrs Morgan’s website that been deleted at some point in the last month.

However, an impression of the page has been retained by Google, meaning they are still visible.

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Loughborough is 52nd on Labour's target list - and therefore a very marginal seat. Presumably all those new homes might be bought by younger types less likely to vote Tory.

She may well not be around to see many of those new homes being built therefore!

Still its par for the course - Tory voters are older property owners generally. They are the group most likely to oppose new housing.

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Every town and village in the country has the same concerns apparently, what makes Loughborough so special? If new homes cannot be build by existing towns and villages or in the middle of nowhere, then where can they be built?

I think the Conservatives have done well getting house building moving. There are planning approvals for hundreds of thousands of new homes and from what I see the new homes builders are chucking out look fair value compared to deteriorated boomer 70's stock.

I would quietly stick two fingers up at her and cut her funding.

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