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Tories lash planning

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Conservative environment spokesman Archie Norman has attacked new government planning guidance which says 'local stakeholders' should be involved in regional planning decisions. The revision to PPG11 allows local authorities to produce planning and transport strategies rather than Whitehall. Norman said: 'This is clearly a reaction to the very popular Conservative proposals to give decisions on housebuilding back to local people. This new guidance is little more than spin and gesture politics from a government clearly rattled by the backlash against their regional planning diktats.'

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