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"The new national planning policy "dramatically" simplifies the planning system, including slashing 1,000 pages of policy to just 52.
"However environmental groups fear it will lead to more homes on the green belt and destruction of wildlife habitat.
"The proposals, launched for consultation, will not be made offical policy until next year but will already be affecting plans for development.
"Greg Clarke, the planning minister, said it would make it much quicker to build a new house or office block."