Earlier this year he ploughed Offham Down Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a chalk grassland site less than a mile away, under a loophole in European law which has been widely criticised. Tony Blair, as Opposition leader, said such "completely crazy" activities would not be permitted under a Labour government.
Matt Phillips, of Friends of the Earth, yesterday challenged Labour to honour its pre-election pledge on the environment. "Every year hundreds of our best nature sites are destroyed or damaged. The law must be strengthened to ensure they are given better protection."Reuse content