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News that chancellor Gordon Brown has ripped up planning guidance discouraging out-of-town shopping centres will have come as welcome news to the big shed boys who like nothing better than a nice car-access-only megastructure on a greenfield site. The planned changes in PPG6 resulted in a shock, horror front-page lead in the Daily Telegraph this week - since when did planning policy guidance make the front page of anything? What is weird (or maybe not) about New Labour's attitude to planning is the way it always rewards the big boys doing nasty things but penalises individuals doing the right thing. John Prescott must be gritting his teeth as he sees the chances of retailing contributing to urban regeneration crumbling before his eyes.

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