New housing development in Stratford-upon-Avon
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Planning changes come into force in England

Business and conservationists should be able to "unite behind" revised planning rules for England, ministers have suggested.

The guidelines, which have been amended after arguments about their effect on the countryside, include encouraging development on brownfield sites.

They say a "presumption in favour of sustainable development" should be a key theme in planning decisions.

Mike Sergeant reports.

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