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Date: Wed, 02 Dec 1998 10:55:31 +0000
From: Cornerstone Resource Centre (
Subject: EF! Action Update no.54


On November 2nd, activists occupied the offices of Bryant Country Homes in Eynsham, Oxfordshire calling for "Homes for Need not Greed". Thirteen protestors stopped work for over an hour while they ranted about the building of executive housing on greenfield sites, abuses of the planning system, social housing, housing co-ops, the acts of enclosure and the free market economy.

The action was timed to coincide with the company's Annual General Meeting in Solihull and was in solidarity with local campaigns in Sandy Lane, Yorkshire and Tewkesbury. On the same day residents of the Sandy Lane village near Bradford protested at a nearby greenfield site that Bryant Homes are in the process of trashing.

House builders such as Bryant have been calling for virtual abolition of the planning system to allow them to steam ahead with plans to put 1000 square miles of British countryside under new houses by 2016. This system is already hugely weighted in their favour, penalising sustainable low-impact developments, while squatting is clamped down on to the benefit of luxury and greenfield developers.


URGENT - tel: 07000 785202   email:
Action for Social Housing - tel: 0378 454063
Sandy Lane - RAGE - tel: 01274 495264

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