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HEADLINE NEWS: HOW

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In the week following the AJ's PPG 7 victory, we look back at the campaign milestones in our own words - from the bid's humble beginnings to the planning minister's policy U-turn

AJ 8.5.03 - It is revealed that planning minister Jeff Rooker and his direct boss, deputy prime minister John Prescott, intend to abolish John Gummer's famous PPG 7 clause. Observers warn that it could signal the end for Britain's 400-year-old country house tradition.

AJ 22.5.03 - The AJ decides to step into the growing PPG 7 furore and campaign to 'Save the Clause'. The first move is to send a campaign letter to Rooker signed by hundreds of architects including Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and the presidents of all the professional institutes.

AJ 26.6.03 - Labour MP Barry Sheerman, the chair of the House of Commons' Cross-Party Group on Architecture and Design, launches an Early Day Motion demanding a reconsideration of the policy. It is immediately backed throughout the political spectrum.

AJ 17.7.03 - The AJ organises the Great Country House Debate at the RIBA's Portland Place HQ featuring speakers for and against the clause.

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