Tory toff Jacob Rees-Mogg is earning his political keep with the citizens of Saltford, on whose behalf the Somerset MP lobbied Eric Pickles to kill off proposals to build 99 homes on green belt land. With approval from a government inspector, the scheme was set to go ahead until until the decision was ‘called in’ by the communities secretary.
A local councillor told the Bath Chronicle:
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Saltford residents in sending our thanks to Eric Pickles for throwing out these plans, and to Jacob Rees-Mogg for asking for the application to be called in.”
With this timely intervention by Rees-Mogg, the residents of another village in his constituency can surely count on his support in blocking proposals — said to be exploiting a “planning loophole” — to build another housing estate on farmland?
Or perhaps not — because the planning applicant and owner of the land is Jacob’s mother, Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg.