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DESIGN CODES 'TO BECOME LAW'

John Prescott's major commitment to the hugely contentious use of design codes is on the verge of being written into planning law, it has emerged A new publication, the draft Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3), shows just how convinced ODPM mandarins have now become that the controversial planning tool must be used in future housing schemes, such as the Thames Gateway, observers have said.

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