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Residents 'trapped' due to planning row

Residents of Green Hollows Country Park feel trapped due to an on-going planning dispute.

15 homes were bought to be used as permanent residences only for the owners to be told after that the buildings were classified as holiday homes.

Residents, who have been allowed to live there themselves, have been told that the houses will revert to holiday homes if they're sold, reducing their value by more than half.

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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.

Young people encouraged to register to vote in referendum

Young people are being reminded to register to vote Credit: ITV border

Young people in the South of Scotland are being encouraged to vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.

The vote on September 18th is the first UK poll that 16 and 17 year old's can take part in.

But they are being reminded to register first so they are able to vote.

A drop-in session has been held in Galashiels to help people register if they are first time voters.

You are more likely to vote if you start when you are younger, it is a habit you pick up and carry through your whole life. You are more likely to vote in General Elections, so it is a great opportunity that everyone should take.

– Finlay Duff, Scottish Youth Parliament

Drop-in for young voters in Galashiels

A drop-in session is being held for young people and first time voters in the Scottish Borders ahead of the Scottish Referendum.

It is the first UK poll in which 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote.

On Saturday 23rd August advice will be given about registering to vote will be given to first time voters in Galashiels Market Square from 11am - 4pm.

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Full Report: Campaigners call White Paper "un-costed"

Campaigners who want Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom today claimed the SNP's White Paper on independence is no more than a series of un-costed promises.

The Better Together cross-party group say the document, launched by First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday, is no more than a wish of un-costed pledges.

Watch the full report from our Political Editor Peter MacMahon below.

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