Farming Today This Week
On Farming Today This Week, Charlotte Smith is in Somerset to see how new government planning rules could affect the countryside. She visits the village of East Coker,last resting place of T S Eliot, which is at the centre of a controversial planning dispute. The District Council is proposing to build 2500 houses on agricultural land connecting the village to Yeovil as part of a local development plan. Under the National Policy Planning Framework, local authorities are required to draw up plans for housing expansion. If they don't do this, developers can appeal and go over their heads to get the go-ahead. Charlotte Smith hears from both sides and the Planning Mnister, Nick Boles. Presented by Charlotte Smith. Produced by Anna Varle.