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David Johnston MP: "Don't dismiss my constituents as NIMBYs. The areas they love are being blighted."

24th May 2022

David Johnston, MP for Wantage wrote the following for

“They’re dismissed as NIMBYs. They’re told that they just don’t understand how hard it is to get on the housing ladder now or how little of the UK is built on overall. Commentators urge ministers to ride roughshod over the objectors and build, build, build.

“But as it happens, most people in constituencies like mine do actually understand new houses are needed and they don’t object to taking their fair share.

“The real issue is they’ve already had thousands of homes built near them in recent years and it has brought problems not just for them, but for the people who live in the new properties, too.”

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