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HADRIAN'S WALL PLANNING DECISION OVERTURNED

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Environment Secretary Michael Howard yesterday overturned a Northumberland CC decision made two years ago to allow ...
Environment Secretary Michael Howard yesterday overturned a Northumberland CC decision made two years ago to allow an oil company to carry out test drilling near Hadrian's Wall, the Guardian reports (p5).

The move signals the likelihood of stronger protection for England's 14 world heritage sites.

These sites currently have no special legal status and councils have been given no guidance on how to treat them, the Guardian says.

Mr Howard said: 'In the absence of consideration of the world heritage sire aspect of the application, there would be no strong environmental case against the proposals'.
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