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Housing Secretary, Newark MP Robert Jenrick admits to 'technically unlawful' granting of planning application but denies bias

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has accepted his approval of a £1bn east London housing development was technically unlawful, but denied any actual bias.

According to media reports, the 1,500-home development on the Isle of Dogs, Tower Hamlets, was approved on January 14 ­— the day before community charges placed on developments were increased.

The BBC said the timing of the decision meant Conservative Party donor Richard Desmond avoided paying around £40m.

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