Super councils may not turn out to be a planning panacea, by Jamie Carpenter

For the first half of this decade, the prospect of local government reorganisation appeared to be a non-starter. Ahead of the 2010 general election, Sir Eric Pickles - who went on to serve as communities secretary from 2010 to 2015 - declared he would keep a 'pearl-handled' revolver waiting for anyone suggesting another local government reorganisation.

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