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Regional Spatial Strategies

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 15th July 2010.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Conservative, West Worcestershire 10:30 am, 15th July 2010

What recent representations he has received on the effects on local authorities of the abolition of regional spatial strategies.

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Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

I have received a large number of letters and e-mails, the vast majority of which have welcomed the end of top-down targets and the return of planning decisions to local communities so that they can shape their own areas.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Conservative, West Worcestershire

I thank the Minister on behalf of residents in West Worcestershire. I can assure him that councillors in my local area feel the same way. What advice would he give to them about developers who are now taking things that were rejected on the basis of the Pickles letter to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate?

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