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Regional Planning and Development: South East

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her changes to the draft South East Plan will be published before the summer 2008 Parliamentary adjournment. (201875)

The Secretary of State intends to publish proposed changes for the draft regional spatial strategy (RSS) for the south-east (the South East Plan) before the summer recess.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how long the consultation period will be on her proposed changes to the draft South East Plan. (201876)

It is the Secretary of State's intention to allow 12 weeks for consultation on her proposed changes for the draft regional spatial strategy (RSS) for the south-east (the South East Plan). The statutory requirement is for a consultation of at least eight weeks, we are however mindful of the proposed timing of consultation over the summer period and for that reason will be allowing an additional four weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to permit changes to the South East Plan which involve the removal of green belt protection in whole or in part. (201877)

The report of the independent panel is still under consideration and it would be inappropriate to comment on what may or may not be included in any proposed changes.