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'Planning must add to efficiency'

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NEW planning rules for housing schemes should favour easily installed products that help developers use land more eff iciently.

Norman Richards, quality and environment manager at roofing producer Marley Eternit, claimed the Planning Policy Statement 3, currently under review, would promote the use of easily installed roofing systems.

He said: 'We will see steeper roofs and this will continue the shift towards easy-to-install, low-maintenance products.'

Mr Richards called for developers to stick to sustainability regulations and help teach home owners to reduce their impact on the environment.

He said: 'Local planning authorities should also be obliged to encourage applicants to adhere to the Code for Sustainable Homes.'