[Excerpt from BBC News 5/12/06]
England needs a new national planning body to have the final say on major infrastructure projects such as power stations, a report has said.
The Barker Review also calls on local authorities to allow more building in green belt boundaries in their areas.
The study also says that England's planning system must be made both quicker and more simple, and the appeals process needs speeding up.
[The Barker Review of Land Use Planning Final Report can be bought for £25 or downloaded for free from here.]
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