Greenpeace ask: "Why does George Osborne hate the countryside?"

International environmental campaigners have launched a stinging attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, which they say reads as if it were written by the UK’s biggest polluters. Unhappy with […]

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By Tom Gibson

International environmental campaigners have launched a stinging attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, which they say reads as if it were written by the UK’s biggest polluters.

Unhappy with the Coalition’s decision to grant financial support to emission-producing industries, Greenpeace said the changes to policy added up to an “assault” on green measures and in fact made the “dirtiest budget in recent history.” Under new plans the Chancellor is aiming to put £250 million toward reducing the financial impacts of schemes such as the EU ETS, the carbon price floor and climate change relief.

However, under the National Infrastructure Plan announced on Tuesday, the UK is set to see a surge in construction projects, targeting motorways, airports and industry under relaxed planning laws.

A Greenpeace statement said: “His announcements on opening up vast areas of the countryside to reduced planning regulations beggars the question ‘Why does George Osborne hate the countryside?’ The relaxing of planning regulations will potentially destroy huge areas of green countryside.”