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  • Simplified planning edges closer

    Simplified planning edges closerNational planning framework is key to localism agendaFor those in planning, the wait for the Localism Bill has felt endless, but on Monday it finally arrived. However, given the amount of speculation over the bill, it held few surprises.This is only the first tranche of localism legislation proposed by the government.In February, it is expected to start consulting on the new National Planning Framework, which it anticipates...

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  • Trust bids to secure white cliffs of Dover

    Trust bids to secure white cliffs of DoverComments (14) By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News The white cliffs became a nationally known landmark during World War II Continue reading the main story Related StoriesWar memorial planned for cliffs White cliffs of Dover collapsing Noel Coward's painting of Dover The National Trust is launching a £1.2m appeal to purchase and safeguard part of the white cliffs of Dover.The...

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  • Treasury saw buy-to-let threat to first-time buyers

    Treasury saw buy-to-let threat to first-time buyers• Danger of market overheating missed, say campaigners• Gordon Brown knew market was distorted but failed to act  Campaign group PricedOut has attacked tax-breaks for buy-to-let investors. Photograph: Geray Sweeney/CorbisThe Treasury acknowledged privately as early as 2004 that a burgeoning buy-to-let market could be crowding out first-time buyers, according to a government report released by campaigners who lambast the authorities for allowing the landlord boom...

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  • Boundary changes could mean Hugh Robertson and Norman Baker at risk

    Boundary changes could mean Hugh Robertson and Norman Baker at riskComments (2) The changes would see the number of MPs reduced from 650 to 600 by 2015 Related StoriesTop MPs at risk in Commons cullBoundary wars: Winners and losersMembers of the public worried about the security of their own job, at a time of rising unemployment,patek philippe replica watches may not have a great deal of sympathy for MPs...

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  • Land 'scams' techniques revealed

    Land 'scams' techniques revealed By Bob Howard Reporter, Money Box  Landbanking victim William McNaught paid more than £100 000 for almost worthless strips of land. Continue reading the main story Related StoriesLand investment 'scams' warningMP demands end to 'landbanking'CPRE wants 'land banking' regulationThe strategies used by a landbanking brokerage to sell strips of land to unwary investors have been outlined to the BBC by a former employee. The man worked...

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