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More than 1,500 square miles of open countryside — an area twice the size of Greater London — needs to be built on to meet housing demand, the Government’s planning minister will warn today. Nick Boles, a Conservative minister appointed in the September reshuffle, wants to increase the amount of land built on in England by a third. But his comments come as much of England and Wales has been hit by flooding, which in some parts has been made worse by planners allowing development on natural flood plains which are meant to fill with water. The Daily Telegraph The Times Daily Mail