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Fore! Housing Minister in the rough over 129 new homes

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Inside Croydon

Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central who was recently appointed housing minister, has quickly found himself bunkered over a proposal to build 129 homes in his constituency – since it seems likely that he will have to declare the development out-of-bounds.

A golf driving range in Gavin Barwell's constituency could have the housing minister feeling well below par A golf driving range in Gavin Barwell’s constituency could have the housing minister feeling well below par

The Tory MP has found himself in the rough over the Hyde Group’s proposal to build the homes on the World of Golf driving range on Long Lane, between Ashburton and South Norwood Country Park.

It is a site which is designated as Metropolitan Open Land, or MOL, the urban equivalent of sacrosanct Green Belt, and therefore supposed to be protected from any such development.

As recently as last month, but just before career politician Barwell finally made the step up to ministerial level, the MP showed that he is implacably…

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