Meacher makes planning pledge

28 September 2000

Meacher makes planning pledge

AN easing of planning controls for farmers and more affordable rural housing will be included in the forthcoming Rural White Paper, says Michael Meacher.

The Environment Minister was speaking at a Labour Party Conference fringe meeting organised by the Countryside Agency.

Mr Meacher said he wanted to remove unnecessary obstacles preventing farmers diversifying, and that spending on rural housing was too low, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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