Shops will still need approval for shutters

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Proposals to cut planning restrictions on shops wanting to install security shutters in the wake of last year's riots have been rejected.

Ministers were reportedly considering scrapping the requirement but a consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government concluded it "would be a disproportionate over-reaction to the riots".

In a letter to planning officers, decision officer Maria Stasiak said shutters could create "an unwelcoming environment".

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