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Coalition drops third-party rights from Planning Bill

Third-party rights of appeal on successful planning applications will not be introduced in November’s Localism Bill, the Government has announced.

But they could be brought in at a later date, according to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

A spokesman said: ‘No decisions have been taken yet on whether to introduce third party rights of appeal to successful planning applications.’

However, both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats promised to introduce third party rights while they were campaigning in the lead-up to the general election in May.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England pointed out: ‘For both coalition partners, empowering local people in the planning system was a clear pre-election commitment.

Policy director Neil Sinden said: ‘Promises of localism are going to sound very hollow if this provision is dropped. It is central to building a fairer, more balanced decision-making process and CPRE will be working hard to remind ministers of that.

‘The government should stick to its guns and not bow to pressure from the development lobby.

‘Our countryside and green spaces are far too important for that.’

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