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William Wordsworth Would Be 'having Fits' Over Our Countryside Building Plans, Says Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion

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William Wordsworth would be having fits about the development planned for the countryside, former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion has said.

Now president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, he made the claim as he criticised the Governments philistine relaxation of planning laws in favour of builders.

He said: It is pretty clear that Wordsworth would be having a series of fits about what is going on now and the great tragedy of it is that a lot of this stuff doesnt need to happen.

There are a million-and-a-half brownfield sites available build on them. The Government should be incentivising builders to build on them which provides the kind of housing that we need.

It regenerates often rather decayed landscapes, it means we dont have to create new infrastructure. It is plain good sense.

We need to be extraordinarily vigilant about this because when it is gone, it is gone forever.

Wordsworth immortalised the Lake District with his 1807 poem Daffodils.

Sir Andrew also referred to Philip Larkins 1972 poem Going, Going in which he wrote of his concern that will be England gone because of shoddy development.

This be much worse:

He ******s you up your laureate

He may not mean to but he does

He'd stuff you in a studio flat

He in a mansion, just because.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2613525/William-Wordsworth-having-fits-countryside-building-plans-says-former-Poet-Laureate-Sir-Andrew-Motion.html

This be much worse:

He ******s you up your laureate

He may not mean to but he does

He'd stuff you in a studio flat

He in a mansion, just because.

Very good.

Left and right united in a play to telegraph to the market that brownfield will be bought at seemingly any cost to avoid a spade damaging any undeveloped land, whatever its usefulness/beauty/location attributes.

The left are not so bothered about inconveniences like private property rights but the right place great importance on these. How do the right envisage dealing with a situation where having made it clear that brownfield is to be used for housing, and we know supply is tight for the number of homes proposed on the amount of brownfield available, that owners use their position of strength handed to them on a plate to hold out for more in a captive market? Compulsory purchase?

It is pretty much UKIP's housing policy.

Arise Knimby Laureate! He'll be better than the last one we had:

Roses are red

Violets are blue

You'll live in a shed

Because we hate you.

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Sir Motion is just looking at one side of the equation and doesn't seem to want to address the other side - the multi million increase in the population which he seems to be implying is inevitable. About some new building he's reported to complain


'It is a betrayal of the heritage, the pursuit of money and development'

but he could just have easily asked why the massive increase in population is required and who that benefits. Does he number those beneficiaries amongst his chums or something?

Incidentally wouldn't a few new estates look rather grand on the side of that mountain and around the lake in the photo in the Daily Mail article plus some pylons and other "infrastructure" ;)

Edited by billybong

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Dont these rappers come up with a form of poetry about their crappy high rise.

Surely if they can get inspiration from such buildings then the middle class can be inspired by a row of Barratts finest.

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I think a poet is the perfect person to lead the CPRE. Someone who talks in verse about a romanticised vision of the countryside that never really existed is befitting of an organisation of deluded NIMBYs in their dotage.

See their campaign to save the fields written about in Watership Down. Proving that to these people, imaginary bunnies are more important than the lives of real people.

Anyway, that's enough ranting about the CPRE. I need to get back to my poetry. Let's see...

"I wondered lonely as a tramp..."

Edited by Bear Goggles

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Wordsworth himself of course didn't have any problem at all living in a house in rural England

https://wordsworth.org.uk/visit/dove-cottage.html

It was in this little cottage, at times ‘crammed edge full’ with people, in the heart of the remote Lake District, that William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language and Dorothy kept her famous 'Grasmere Journal', now on display in the Museum.

William came across his first Grasmere home by chance as he and his brother John walked along this lane with his fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in late 1799. He and his sister Dorothy moved in just a few weeks later.

The cottage had once been an inn, the 'Dove and Olive Bough'. It was now to be the Wordsworths’ home for the next eight years. In 1802 William married Mary Hutchinson and three of their five children were born here.

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I really cant stand people like Motion. He says his nearest village is fernhust doesn't sound like a brown field site to me. If we want to save rural England lets knock down all the houses that are built in the countryside. and make everybody live in a town. Oh no he doesn't want that what he wants is for him to live their and everybody else can get stuffed.

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What use is the countryside? :blink:

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What use is the countryside? :blink:

I thought you'd be up for a bit of countryside.

Which **** is first on your list?

Edited by 7 Year Itch

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