To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received over the problems and constraints resulting from the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the community charge on the completing of local plans by councils; and if he will make a statement.
I have received no representations on this matter.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidance he gives to local authorities that wish to obtain a district wide coverage of their local plans; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend has urged district planning authorities in planning policy guidance note 12 to extend the coverage of local plans. Last year's White Paper—Cm. 569—indicated the Government's intention in the forthcoming planning Bill to impose a duty on authorities to secure districtwide coverage of plans. Transitional arrangements will ensure that work on revising and updating current plans will not be wasted.