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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the publication by her Department of the proposed amendment to the Town and County Planning (Regional Planning) England Regulations 2004, what proportion of relevant local authorities within a region must be affiliated to the regional chamber in order for it to be recognised as a regional planning board. (94558)

The proposed amendment to Town and Country Planning (Regional Planning) (England) Regulations 2004 does not change the existing legislative requirement for regional planning bodies to include at least one member from each of type of relevant authority, if such an authority exists within the region concerned. Where a “relevant authority” means

(a) a district council,

(b) a county council,

(c) a metropolitan district council,

(d) a National park authority,

(e) the Broads authority,

(f) the Council of the Isles of Scilly

In addition, at least 60 percent. of the membership of regional planning bodies must be from local planning authorities.