Diary: neighbourhood planning rave

Commentating on the Tattenhall and District Neighbourhood Plan, independent examiner Nigel McGurk praised the parish council's "highly innovative approach" to engaging teenagers in planning by hosting a "well attended" rave. Attendees had to fill in a parish council questionnaire prior to entry.

But McGurk struggled with some of the arguments put forward at the examination. Some housebuilders had argued a policy "did not meet the basic conditions because it could not be in general conformity with a policy that doesn't exist", his report said.

The examiner added: "Whilst I have read Sartre, I struggled a little with the existentialist nature of this. However, after contemplation with a cold towel on my head, I am satisfied that not being in general conformity with something that doesn't exist is not a test relevant to this examination."

Next, news that planning minister Nick Boles is now competing with his doppelganger on Twitter. The real Boles @NickBolesMP is not to be confused with @GeneralBoles, the parody who claims to be the "victorious Allied commander in the War on the Countryside". Boles tweeted: "I will never be as funny or as good at Photoshop as @GeneralBoles. I am but a pale imitation."

The planning minister has also revealed he is interested in new ways of engaging with his Grantham and Stamford constituents. "I want to try out a new kind of public meeting: over fish and chips and a drink on a Friday evening," he writes on his website.

More doppelganger news from the US, where communities secretary Eric Pickles joined British students James Johnson and Daniel Falvey on a road trip. Pickles has been on an alligator hunt, sunbathed on Miami Beach and will end up in Las Vegas. But this Pickles is a life-size cardboard cut-out of the MP. Johnson says: "We're both Conservatives and interested in politics, so decided there was no-one better to come on the trip."

Pickles told the BBC: "I'm delighted they are taking me on such a wonderful trip without spending a penny of taxpayers' money."


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