Mr Dowden used his keynote speech to acknowledge the Government had made a misstep with the Planning Bill that sparked a fierce backlash in rural Tory-held seats in the south of England: “That’s why we are looking again at our planning reforms.... Yes, Britain’s growing population must have new houses but it’s clear that additional safeguards are needed.”
He continued: “We need to set out in law measures to protect our towns, villages and precious countryside from being despoiled by ugly development. Watch this space.”
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