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PLANNING - PRESCOTT KEEPS POWER TO CALL IN

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The deputy prime minister can continue to call in planning questions from councils even though his right to decide ...
The deputy prime minister can continue to call in planning questions from councils even though his right to decide such matters conflicts with human rights.
The High Court ruled in December that John Prescott's right to decide on such matters was incompatible with the Human Rights Act 1998. But the judges went on to rule that this did not necessarily mean Mr Prescott would be acting unlawfully in continuing to use the calling-in process.
Lawyers had argued in four test cases that his other ministerial role as policy maker created a conflict of interest and deprived individuals of their right to 'a fair and public hearing by an independent tribunal'. An appeal is likely.
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