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ROUND TABLE CRITICISES COUNCILS FOR OUT OF TOWNERS

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A government backed think tank, the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development, has criticised planners and councils...
A government backed think tank, the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development, has criticised planners and councils for continuing to allow developers to build out of town shopping centres and business parks (see LGCNet, 14 Feb, Whitehall).

The Times (Feb 15, p10) reported that the think tank said new policies designed to curb car use and rejuvenate communities were 'clearly unsatisfactory'.

Environment secretary John Gummer said: 'I set the framework but it is the local authorities that are the prime operators of the planning system. We need to change the mind set of these planners.'
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