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PROBLEMS AND CHANGES REVEALED IN PLANNING PROCEDURES

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Unforeseen problems have been encountered in several towns which have 'pedestrianised' their city centres, reports ...
Unforeseen problems have been encountered in several towns which have 'pedestrianised' their city centres, reports the Daily Telegraph (p15).

The move to pave and beautify central streets involves diverting traffic, and has effectively replaced shops serving practical needs, with shops with greater tourist appeal.

Cities which have been affected by these schemes include York, Wells and Cambridge.

The planning minister, David Curry, has made an announcement on another planning issue, reports the Times (p35).

After months of lobbying, Mr Curry has announced a clampdown on alterations to homes in designated conservation areas of 'special or historic interest'.

Local authorities would now be allowed to withdraw 'permitted development' rights for certain changes, over which they are presently powerless to act.

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