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'Stop building houses on greenbelt!' Boris told to make drastic U-turn on planning reforms

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The Prime Minister is facing mounting pressure over his planning reforms after they were partly blamed for his party's defeat in the by-election last week. The Liberal Democrats won the Buckinghamshire seat which has been a Tory stronghold since it was created in 1974.

The proposed planning reforms were a major issue in the campaign amid fears about building in the countryside around the seat in the Chilterns.

And the controversial HS2 rail line being built through the constituency was another key factor.

In an Express.co.uk poll - which ran from 9am yesterday to 9.10am today - asked: "Should Boris Johnson scrap planning reforms after the by-election defeat?"

Out of 4,260 votes, 78 percent of people said the Prime Minister should scrap his party's planning reforms.

Boris Johnson told to scrap housing developments

Boris Johnson told to scrap housing developments (Image: Getty)

Boris Johnson told to scrap housing developments

Boris Johnson told to scrap housing developments (Image: Express)

Only 21 percent said he should not while just one percent said they don't know.

One Express.co.uk reader said: "I want to see individuals have more rights to build on their own land but NOT developers/construction companies.

"There are already far too many estates of tiny, squashed high-density housing (none of which seem terribly affordable).

"Nobody wants to live somewhere where the garden is only big enough for the wheelie bins.

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Housing development on green belt land

Housing development on green belt land (Image: Getty)

"Give more rights to individuals, not to developers.

"Far too much development already."

Someone else commented: "We don't need more houses, we need fewer people.

"The UK, nay the world, the population is out of control.

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Chesham and Amersham by-election results

Chesham and Amersham by-election results (Image: Express)

"Also, scrap the HS2. It is not needed.

"Put the money to improve ALL existing rail networks.

"Get the railways back under national control. Scrap the franchises.

"House building plans and HS2 are what scuppered the Tories in Chesham area.

Boris told to scrap the HS2

Boris told to scrap the HS2 (Image: Getty)

"If the Tories listen to the strong objections on both these matters, they will easily win back the seat next time around."

Another reader wrote: "I want to see all abandoned and disused buildings refurbished before any more new builds."

A fourth person added: "Simple. STOP building houses everywhere and on green belt.

"We don't need thousands of new homes.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

"I am fed up with seeing vast new housing developments all across the south. Just stop building."

While a fifth Express.co.uk reader said: "Houses houses being put up everywhere.

"Who the heck are we building them for and when will enough be enough?"

The Prime Minister admitted, "it was certainly a disappointing result" when asked if he was neglecting voters in the South in favour of those in the North.

But he added: "We believe in uniting and levelling up within regions and across the country."

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