Interview: Gavin Barwell, planning minister, on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Those who work closely with Whitehall on planning matters have recently been reporting that the new Department for Communities and Local Government team see themselves very much as part of a new government, with every right to look at planning policy-making in a fresh light. "They are their own people, and don't necessarily want to pick up the old agenda," said one close observer of central government.

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