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Regional Planning and Development

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her response to the examination in the public report on the (a) South West and (b) East Midlands regional spatial strategies will be published. (198868)

The Secretary of State's Proposed Changes, which constitute the response to the Examination in Public Panel Report, for the South West and East Midlands are due to be published in spring 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on development of each of the regional spatial strategies; what the timetable for implementation of each is; and if she will make a statement. (198869)

The progress and timetable for the implementation of the RSSs are as follows.

Date of implementation

North East

Proposed Changes Consultation

Spring 2008

Issue of final RSS

Summer 2008

North West

Proposed Changes Consultation

Spring 2008

Issue of final RSS

Summer 2008

Yorkshire and Humber

Issue of final RSS

Spring 2008

East Midlands

Proposed Changes Published

Spring 2008

Proposed Changes Consultation

Summer 2008

Issue of final RSS Autumn

Summer 2008

West Midlands (Phase 2)

Consultation on Draft RSS ends

Winter 2008

EiP

Spring 2009

Panel Report

Summer 2009

Proposed Changes Published

Summer 2009

Proposed Changes Consultation

Autumn 2009

Issue of final RSS

Winter 2009

East of England

Issue of final RSS

Spring 2008

South East

Proposed Changes Published

Summer 2008

Proposed Changes Consultation

Summer 2008

Issue of final RSS

Winter 2009

South West

Proposed Changes Published

Spring 2008

Proposed Changes Consultation

Summer 2008

Issue of final RSS

Autumn 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers her Department and the regional government offices have to intervene in local authority targets setting the context of local area agreements. (198871)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1157-1158W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role she plays in approving or amending the final version of the regional spatial strategies of each government office region in England outside London. (198894)

The role the Secretary of State plays in approving and amending the final RSS is outlined in Planning Policy Statement 11—Regional Spatial Strategies.

The Secretary of State receives the Examination in Public Panel Report and produces Proposed Changes which are subject to an eight-week consultation period. Having considered representations made, the final RSS incorporating any further changes is published together with a statement of reasons for any changes made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the names and addresses are of each Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership; and how much funding is allocated to each in 2008-09. (199140)

The information requested is tabled as follows:

Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships

Allocation for 2008-09 (£)

West Midlands Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

5,327,000

Regional Partnership Centre

Albert House

Quay Place

Edward Street

Birmingham B1 2RA

Capital Ambition

5,702,000

London Councils

59½ Southwark Street

London SE1 0AL

North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

5,952,000

Waterside Drive

Off Swan Meadow Road

Wigan

Lancashire WN3 5BA

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

4,753,000

18 King Street

Wakefield WF1 2SQ

South East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

7,190,000

Tandridge District Council

Station Road

East Oxted

Surrey RH8 0BT

Lift SW

5,678,000

Suite 5 Stowey House

Bridport Road

Poundbury

Dorchester DT1 3SB

Improvement East

5,890,000

Flempton House

Flempton

Bury St. Edmonds

Suffolk IP28 6EG

East Midlands Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

5,303,000

47 Loughborough Road

West Bridgford

Nottingham NG2 7QP

North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership

4,203,000

c/o Association of North East Councils

Guildhall

Quayside

Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3AF