Who is this goon? Why is an Education Minister spouting on about planning? Quoted in The Daily Mailograph thus:
“We cannot think of our built environment without thinking of beauty. Many of the most beautiful vistas in the United Kingdom are beautiful because of building. Whether it’s Chatsworth or the Nash terraces of Regent’s Park, Edinburgh’s New Town or Salisbury Cathedral, the man-made environment is as capable of inspiring awe as anything in nature.
“So when we think of new building we should not think only of losing some undeveloped land – we should also think of the potential to create something of grace and beauty, to ravish the eye and lift up the soul.”
Now, he might have a [vague] point about good architecture - but does he really think this is what property developers are itching to put up on greenbelt land? When was the last time you looked at an over-priced & identikit housing development, and thought to yourself, "why, how that evokes the glorious spires of our great cathedrals"?
I want to slap his silly face.