COMMONS

Abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies

27 July 2011

The Communities and Local Government Committee has today published a letter from its Chair, Clive Betts MP, to the Secretary of State concerning the Government's response to the Committee’s report on the Abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies

Clive Betts said,

"The committee is disappointed by the Government's response, which largely fails to take account of the weight of evidence which it received in two particular areas. The first is the need for a stronger framework for strategic planning at the larger-than-local level; the second, the problems of practice and of principle associated with the New Homes Bonus scheme.

We plan to return to the topic of arrangements for strategic planning when the Government publishes its draft National Planning Policy Framework. Meanwhile, we shall also watch with interest the development in practice of the New Homes Bonus scheme. We are pleased to see that the Government has agreed to review progress and report back to Parliament after 3 years. I expect the committee to return to this subject at some point to see to what extent our concerns have been borne out in practice."

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