Diary

More has been written about the eating habits of communities secretary Eric Pickles than any minister since former home secretary Jacqui Smith popped into her local kebab house in 2008.

During a recent communities and local government questions session in Parliament, decentralisation minister Greg Clark gave more vital information about his boss's culinary proclivities. Answering a question on the importance of protecting agriculture through the National Planning Policy Framework, Clark said: "When I was talking to the secretary of state earlier, he extolled the virtues of the pies available at the Norfolk food festival."

Inquiries by Planning reveal that the pies were likely to have been of the traditional English pork variety.

Members of a Cambridgeshire planning committee felt the unwelcome glare of the media spotlight earlier this month after a tour of sites that have received planning permission. The antics of Conservative members of Fenland District Council - who jumped off a bus to relieve themselves against a hedge after getting caught short near Wisbech - were splashed across the pages of several national papers.

Ironically, the council is currently in the process of closing seven of its 11 public toilets, although the councillors might be interested to know that loos within the authority's four one-stop shops are available for use, according to a spokesman.

Celebrity Katie Price has been granted planning permission to build a log cabin in her grounds. But never fear, the former glamour model has not fallen on hard times. Diary readers will no doubt be aware that since Price split from her cage fighter husband Alex Reid, she has bought a £2 million property in West Sussex.

Earlier this year, Horsham District Council granted planning permission for an extension to create a new swimming pool building. While this work is going on, the celebrity formerly known as Jordan will be allowed to stay in the three-bed cabin.


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