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LGA CONF: HAGUE AIMS TO BOOST LOCAL PLANNING POWERS

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Conservative leader William Hague is launching a raft of planning policies aimed at boosting the power of local com...
Conservative leader William Hague is launching a raft of planning policies aimed at boosting the power of local communities.

The Tory leader will today tell LGA delegates that his party will abolish regional planning guidance, remove the power of the secretary of state to interfere with local planning and reduce the number of local plans councils must produce.

Councils will also be given the power to ensure new developments blend in with local architecture.

The party will work to develop a 'level playing field' on new developments, re-jigging the appeals system to make it quicker and more accessible for local people.

Under the proposals, appeals could be launched if the development goes against, or is not included in, the council's local plan.

Mr Hague is also due to reiterate his party's commitment to decentralise power, avoid capping and grant councils the choice to retain their committee structures.

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