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Planners are investigating whether the Diocese of Norwich breached planning rules when it chopped down trees in a Norfolk village.

A move by Anglia Square developers to alleviate concerns over a controversial high-rise tower in their regeneration plans has been met with mixed reaction.

Plans for a new two-storey McDonald’s drive-through restaurant in Lowestoft have been approved.

Warnings have been issued about a hoax calls from fraudsters pretending to be from a north Norfolk council.

A campaign group attempting to stop the sale of school land to allow 69 houses to be built was hit with a blow after plans passed the next stage.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is holding its final public exhibition event on Friday, September 21 in Hemsby as part of the initial public consultation to shape a key planning document to help guide and enable sustainable growth, development, jobs and investment until 2030 and beyond.

New second homes should be banned because they cast a “dark shadow” over a coastal town, a councillor has said.

Work which would make a junction on a busy Norwich road safer will start next month, but it will involve road closures.

The height of a controversial tower planned for Norwich’s Anglia Square has been cut by five storeys as developers submit another bid for the area’s revamp to go ahead.

A new report has revealed the amount of shop space standing empty in Norwich has gone up, with the closure of major stores such as Toys R Us contributing to the increase.

Former education secretary Justine Greening visited Norwich today to promote a scheme which encourages employers to take on staff from a wider range of backgrounds.

Major works on the £80,000 refurbishment of a mid Norfolk car park begin later this week.

A campaign group has branded a consultation over the future archive facility in north Suffolk as “worthless”.

The former leader of the Green Party attended an event in Beccles exploring the future of sustainable farming.

Aircraft could once again be taking to the skies at a disused runway which served the Royal Air Force for decades.

Proposals which would see all but seven of Norfolk’s children’s centres close have been attacked by two of the county’s MPs.

More than one in seven nurseries and other early years childcare providers in Norfolk have closed since 2015, new statistics have revealed.

A new battery storage facility on the outskirts of Norwich could supply the city with electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers if given the go ahead.

In all, 1,154 complaints were made to Suffolk County Council last year, according to data published by its audit committee.

A former medical centre in Great Yarmouth could become the regional headquarters of a ‘luxury’ tobacco and whisky seller.

A restaurant in the Norwich Lanes has been denied the opportunity to provide outdoor seating to its diners.

Dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets could soon be facing tougher fines, as one of the region’s councils looks to crack down on the issue.

Forty-six of Norfolk’s 53 children’s centres could be closed after council bosses finally revealed proposals for a review of the service.

The Port of Lowestoft has dismissed claims by the county council that work on the Third Crossing will only have a “slight adverse” effect on business, and said that it could instead have a “significant negative impact”.

A major Norwich road is to be closed overnight for two weeks so that £180,000 of resurfacing work can be done.

A north Norfolk council has awarded more than £14,000 to nine community organisations to focusing on heath and wellbeing.

Cyclists look set to benefit from two schemes which would see £2.5m of changes to Norwich’s Earlham Road.

Speed limits will be cut to 20mph in hundreds more streets in Norwich, if councillors agree to the move on Thursday.

Decisions on £5.5m of changes to how traffic uses Norwich will be taken this week, with shake-ups for Prince of Wales Road and Earlham Road likely to be rubber-stamped.

Efforts to improve mobile phone signal in the county has been praised in Parliament.

A £45m scheme for more than 200 homes on a Norwich city centre site, empty for more than a decade, has been submitted.

National Politics

Former health minister Norman Lamb says the key to tackling mental health issues is helping struggling families as early as possible.

Has a prime minister ever faced such a crucial few months during peacetime?

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has ripped into the planning system and knocked government ministers out of frustration over proposals to site a windfarm substation in his constituency.

George Freeman has announced he will stand to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister if he is “asked to”.

A former Norfolk man, who has built a successful business in Catalonia, has launched a fight against what he describes as a “gross failure of democracy”.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has said the prime minister should stand down after she has agreed a Brexit deal.

Why are the Liberal Democrats doing so badly?

A proposed shake-up of parliamentary boundaries in Norfolk could make it tougher for Norwich North MP Chloe Smith to hold on to her seat at the next general election.

Michael Gove has been listening out for leaks - but this time not from the Cabinet.

The Minister for the Environment, Michael Gove, has insisted fishermen will get full control of British waters following Brexit.

Boris Johnson is facing a court room showdown with a Norfolk prosecutor over claims the former foreign secretary made during the Brexit referendum.

East Anglian MPs are demanding greater devolution for the region and more infrastructure spending from government.

A Eurosceptic Norfolk MP has vowed to back Theresa May’s controversial Chequers Brexit plan in parliament.

An event previously dubbed “Tory Glastonbury” is returning this year – but this time it has some very impressive backers.

The former deputy leader of a district council has said the Conservative party are “running around a barrel looking for a corner” in relation to its handling of the row surrounding Boris Johnson’s remarks about the burqa.

Richard Porritt

Richard Porritt

Political Editor

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Richard is our Political Editor and works both in the Norwich and Westminster offices. He scrutinises our region’s members of parliament and holds them to account on your behalf while also reporting on wider national politics.

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Dan is the public affairs correspondent for the EDP. That means he reports on what local councils and our elected councillors get up to. The decisions they make can have a massive impact on our lives and it is Dan's job to scrutinise their actions.

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