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Regional Planning and Development

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on local development frameworks following the abolition of regional spatial strategies;

(2) what (a) transitional arrangements and (b) guidance will be available to local authorities following the abolition of regional spatial strategies;

(3) what steps he has taken to provide (a) transitional arrangements and (b) guidance on the development of local development frameworks following the abolition of regional spatial strategies.

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)

The coalition agreement clearly set out the Government’s intention to abolish regional strategies and return democratic decision making powers on housing and planning to local councils.

The chief planner has written to all local authorities making clear that pending abolition of regional strategies all planning decisions must be made in accordance with the ‘development plan’, including regional strategies, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The Government’s intention to abolish regional strategies is a material consideration.

Local planning authorities should press ahead without delay in preparing up-to-date development plans and should use that opportunity to be proactive in driving and supporting the growth the country needs.

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