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UPDATE 08/12

Date: 23/8/2012

The POS Members' e-bulletin for August 2012 is now available to access

EXTRACT:

Breaking News ...

... did you know that ministers are 'thinking the unthinkable' on fresh changes to planning law?

The Daily Mail reports that ministers are considering allowing green belt land to be developed (amongst other matters) to boost economic growth. The paper says it has learned that "the Quad" at the top of the coalition - which comprises prime minister David Cameron, chancellor George Osborne, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander - met last week "to discuss sweeping changes to planning laws". It says that Osborne "is keen to reopen the debate to make it easier for hundreds of thousands of new homes to be built".

Their ideas will be put into an economic regeneration bill - expected this autumn - which will fill the legislative time that would have been taken by Lords reform.

A couple of days later and the government has moved to play down initial press reports that it is considering easing green belt restrictions on development to boost economic growth. 
Communities minister Andrew Stunell said: "The Green Belt provides an important protection against urban sprawl, providing a 'green lung' around towns and cities. The Coalition Agreement commits the government to safeguarding green belt and other environmental designations, which they have been in the new National Planning Policy Framework."

POS believes other "unthinkable" measures are still being explored. Watch this space for more news on this issue.

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