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Rowntree Foundation to call for Section 106 reforms

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation will call on deputy prime minister John Prescott to revolutionise Section 106 at next week's Urban Summit in Birmingham (31 October and 1 November).

Last week, the think tank published a report claiming the planning gain laws have failed to make a major impact on the desperate social housing requirements in London (AJ 17.10.02).

Foundation director Lord Best said that the summit represents an ideal opportunity to influence John Prescott's thinking. 'We will be making a significant contribution to the government's policy decision-making in Birmingham, ' he said.

Meanwhile, the foundation has released the conclusions of its Governance Project. It calls on the government to put in place a legal framework to clarify the role of local campaigning groups within society, law-making and local government planning decisions.

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