In Brief: Government to break loophole

The government has signalled its intention to break the loophole whereby superstore operators can build mezzanine floors without the need for planning consent. An amendment to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill will pave the way for ministers to introduce secondary legislation to deal with the issue. Campaign groups such as Friends of the Earth have lobbied the government to close the loophole. The bill was due to be given its third reading in the House of Lords as Planning went to press.

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