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Extract from the Sunday Times

The National Trust has been accused of hypocrisy after it emerged that it had been quietly selling or releasing parcels of greenfield land for housing developments. The charity has been a critic of the government's plans to relax rules on building in the countryside.

A trust spokesman said it was not "against development in principle" and was satisfied the proposed developments would be high quality, accessible and affordable.
He stressed that while these developments were on greenfield sites on the edges of conurbations, they were not officially green belt land, adding: "When we very occasionally release land for development, we aim to use it as an opportunity to showcase what good housing can look like.

We only consider releasing land where it complies with the wishes and intentions of the people who gave us that land in the first place."
The Sunday Times, Page: 5

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