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The Development & Planning working group gets down and dirty with the various plans to build stuff in our area. It keeps an eye on planning applications and on the development plans of various people, including major developers and the Council.

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Worrying development that undermines the protection of our green belt land…

A government amendment to the Planning Bill could see planning powers transferred from local authorities to Regional Development Agencies(RDAs).

The amendment, tabled by local government minister John Healy, would see RDAs, quangos whose members are appointed by the government and are accountable to the communities secretary, take the final decision on green belt developments.

Eric Pickles, shadow communities secretary, said: “This will put the fate of thousands of acres of green belt into the hands of quangos that are likely to say ‘Yes’.”

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