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MP CALLS FOR HAGUE TO INTERVENE IN PLANNING LOOPHOLE ROW

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Welsh secretary William Hague has been urged to intervene in a growing row over plans to build 800 holiday homes on...
Welsh secretary William Hague has been urged to intervene in a growing row over plans to build 800 holiday homes on a holiday beauty spot, reports The Western Mail (p7).

Earlier this month a high court judge controversially ruled that planning permission for the development near Portmadog was still valid despite being submitted 30 years ago. The builders argued that as some preparatory work had started within three years of 1964 the permission still stood.

Campaigners have threatened direct action to stop the developers.

Plaid Cymru president Daffyd Wigley, MP for Caernarfon, has asked Mr Hague to call in the application and hold a public inquiry.

'This development is only still arguably valid on the basis of a loophole in the law as a pure technicality,' he said. 'This is a totally unacceptable monstrosity.'
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