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NEW PLANNING RULES ATTACKED AND APPLAUDED

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The government's announcement of tough draft planning rules to encourage the building of more homes in towns ansd c...
The government's announcement of tough draft planning rules to encourage the building of more homes in towns ansd cities and save green fields from urban sprawl was welcomed by conservation groups but attacked by builders.

The Financial Times (p9) reports that the rules, announced yesterday instruct local authorities to adopt a 'sequential approach' - meaning that countryside will be released for housing only after options for building on derelict land and converting offices and empty urban buildings had been exhausted.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England hailed it as an 'historic watershed' but the House Builders Federation said it would lead to 'delay, prevarication and a significant reduction in additional homes where they are most needed'.
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