Mr Boles also rubbished CPRE research which found that there were hundreds of thousands of planning approvals already in the system but land was being “banked” by developers.

Not surprisingly, he made CPRE members very cross, especially as they were probably already very cross, having heard his repeated confrontational rhetoric broadcast and published in the national media for many months.

Yesterday’s Telegraph carries the full story, complete with a short clip of the heckling Mr Boles received –