BBC News this morning
Heard on BBC News today, worrying:
Increasing the amount of developed land by a third would address the housing shortage, according to Planning Minister Nick Boles.
He told BBC Newsnight building on another 2-3% of the land in England - bringing the total to about 12% - would "solve the housing problem."
Mr Boles said open land would be built on in exchange for commitments to defend greenbelt spaces.
He called for "beautiful" housing that was sensitive to its local area.
In his first interview about his portfolio since he entered government, Mr Boles has reopened the debate over how much more housing Britain needs and where.
Describing current housebuilding as "ugly rubbish", he argued that improved design might persuade local communities currently opposed to more development to support further building.
"The built environment can be more beautiful than nature and we shouldn't obsess about the fact that the only landscapes that are beautiful are open - sometimes buildings are better," he said.
To this end, the minister says that new housing will not be on the greenbelt, but he does say that open land will be targeted.