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Minister denies planning reforms will gag public

In the lead up to the release of the Planning Reform Bills full proposals, a minister has had to deny criticisms that changes will remove public rights to protest against incinerators and energy from waste plants. Minister for Local Government John Healey said that there would be more public consultation, transparency and scrutiny but added: Delays to projects caused by the complex planning process meant that communities did not get the infrastructure they needed to equip the country for ...