Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was among a group of 22 bills to receive Royal Assent yesterday evening ahead of the dissolution of Parliament next week.

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Barring an unforeseen mishap, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will receive royal assent before Parliament is dissolved next week.

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