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"The revised national planning policy framework was published on Tuesday - and will be implemented immediately by councils with no local plan. There will be some transitional arrangements for councils with existing local plans.
"Among the amendments, it promises to:
- Help councils which 'wish to bring into being a new generation of garden cities'
- Allow communities to specify where renewable energy sources such as wind farms should, and should not, be located
- Allow councils to provide the parking in town centres to 'help them compete with out-of-town shopping centres and supermarkets'"