Go-ahead for retail village despite town centre and employment land concerns

Go-ahead for retail village despite town centre and employment land concerns

Plans for a retail village on the edge of Chorley in Lancashire have been recommended for approval despite a recognition from planners that the shops involved could 'compound the impact' on town centre retailers arising from other approved development.

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How the NPPF revisions change strategic plan-making

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