South East England Regional Assembly

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Conservative, Guildford

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers the South East England Regional Assembly has (a) to amend, (b) to delete and (c) to review (i) green belt designation, (ii) area of outstanding national beauty designation and (iii) site of special scientific interest designation.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

The South East England Regional Assembly may propose changes to the green belt as part of their responsibility for preparing a draft new Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East (known as the South East Plan). All aspects of the South East Plan will be subject to public consultation and may be tested at public inquiry, before being finalised by Government. The Assembly have no powers to amend, delete or review Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

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