Appeal right pushed back

The introduction of third party rights of appeal will not be included in the localism bill expected to be launched next month, the DCLG has confirmed.

But in a statement a spokesman left the door open for their introduction at a later date. "No decisions have been taken on whether to introduce third party rights of appeal to successful applications," he said.

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats pledged to introduce third party rights prior to the election. The Campaign to Protect Rural England said it would be disappointed if provision is not in the bill.

"The government should stick to its guns and not bow to pressure from the development lobby. Our countryside and green spaces are too important for that," said policy director Neil Sinden.

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