A change to the law is needed to protect independent shops and local pubs from developers, an MP has claimed.
After fearing the worst countryside campaigners in the Anglia region are cautiously welcoming far-reaching changes in planning law.
Planning Minister Greg Clark has sought to reassure countryside campaigners over changes to planning laws.
Plans for the biggest new town since Milton Keynes could come a step closer when councillors in Cambridgeshire today.
Up to 10,000 homes could be built at Nortstowe near Longstanton. Councillors will discuss a draft agreement to start on the first 1,500 homes
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has called on the Government to "tweak" planning laws to protect independent shops and pubs.
The Liberal Democrat MP introduced his own Parliamentary Bill which would give greater powers to councils when deciding on planning issues.
Options for how to develop South Cambridgeshire over the next 20 years to support a possible growth of up to 30,000 new jobs have been debated.
Planners have put forward options for between 4,300 and 9,300 additional new homes in the district to be built by 2031.
A public consultation into the planning proposals is launched on Thursday 12 July.
More details here.
Future plans for Colchester town centre will go on display to the public tomorrow.
It's a chance for people to see how investments will be spent in the town on things like new buildings, public spaces, and transport.
They also include visuals for the new bus station which should be completed by the end of 2012. Colchester Borough Councils consultation on the Better Town Centre Plan will run until Friday 27th July.