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LABOUR CONFIRMS POLICY ON OUT OF TOWN RETAILING

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Frank Dobson MP, shadow environment secretary, has confirmed in the house of commons that the Labour party's policy...
Frank Dobson MP, shadow environment secretary, has confirmed in the house of commons that the Labour party's policy on new out of town retail development has not changed.

Mr Dobson, speaking during the second reading of the local government and rating bill, said: 'We have welcomed the government's belated recognition of the damage its planning policy was inflicting on existing retailers both rural and urban.

'We welcome the government's adoption of a policy based on a presumption against such developments.

'We continue to believe that town centres should be the preferred location for major retail developments, while recognising that some out of town developments may be justified in particular local circumstances.'
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