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Council mergers: When two become one

Words: Mark Smulian
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This month sees the merging of council planning departments in Dorset, Somerset and Suffolk. Mark Smulian reports on the logic behind municipal unification.

It is rare for fish to play a role in the reorganisation of a planning department – but they are a factor in why Suffolk Coastal and Waveney district councils will, on 1 April, merge as East Suffolk Council with a single planning team.

“Events in Suffolk do not involve any new unitary authority, with planners continuing to work for districts” 

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