Outcry over ‘growth at any cost’ infrastructure bill

Pickles’ attempts to boost growth have drawn criticism from various quarters. Concerns surround its apparent conflict with the government's 'localism' agenda

Communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles says the Growth and Infrastructure Bill is designed to make planning applications less bureaucratic (photograph: DCLG)Proposed changes to planning law have drawn strong criticism from green campaigners who say it could marginalise environmental considerations.

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