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Public could grant planning permission

A public referendum could decide a planning row over Green Hallows Country Park Credit: ITV Border

A public referendum could take place this summer to decide a long running planning row in north Cumbria.

Around 15 people bought homes in the Green Hollows Country Park near Southwaite but later found out that they weren't allowed to live there permanently.

They've now been told they can stay but will only be able to sell them in future as holiday homes, reducing their value by more than half.

New localism laws give people the power to vote in a referendum on this issue and one could go ahead this summer.

Borders Railway 'Olympic moment' for area

Michael Moore has described the Borders Railway as an 'Olympic moment' for the area Credit: PA

MP Michael Moore has told the Scottish Affairs Committee that the Borders Railway is an 'Olympic moment' for the area that can't be wasted.

The 30 mile line is due to be reopened between Edinburgh and the Borders in September.

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels to hear evidence about issues facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.

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Parliament to hear cross-border plans in Galashiels

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels today Credit: ITV Border

A UK Parliament committee is in Galashiels today to scrutinise issues faced by businesses on the border.

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about problems facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.

Among the speaker's are Michael Moore MP and Jack Clark, convener of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.

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MSPs approve Scottish Government's budget

MSPs voted today to approve the Finance Secretary's budget Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

MSPs voted this afternoon to approve the Scottish Government's spending plans for the year ahead.

The Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney said his priorities were measures to tackle inequality and boost the economy.

His budget included extra money to expand childcare provision and to provide free school meals for all pupils in the first three years of primary schools.

His opponents say more money should have been allocated to the NHS.

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