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Major developers unite against Tory planning policies

A lobby group, made up of high profile UK property developers, is set to launch a campaign against Tory party planning policies this week, according to reports in The Sunday Times.

Land Securities and Countryside Properties are part of the group, which is concerned that Conservative plans to give local councils more power in making planning decisions will lead to applications being turned down for political reasons.

To back up their claims the group, called Building Futures, has commissioned an independent survey of more than 500 local councillors, which shows that a majority think government housing targets are too high.

The group intends to present these findings and express its concerns to the shadow local government and planning minister Bob Neill.