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Regional Planning and Development: South West

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from the Environment Agency about the South West Regional Spatial Strategy; which parts of the Strategy the Environment Agency has objected to; and if she will make a statement. (201564)

[holding answer 25 April 2008]: The Environment Agency were consulted on the draft Regional Spatial Strategy in the summer of 2006. In their response the Agency supported the sustainable construction, green infrastructure, renewable energy, waste and overarching sustainable development policies. The Agency also:

sought further amendments to the policies on flood risk, renewable energy and sustainable development;

advised that the relevant water companies should be consulted with regard to the capacity for accommodating increased sewage flows in Cheltenham, Salisbury, Truro and Swindon and also water supply with regard to the latter;

raised issues of flood risk in the Plymouth and west of England sub-regions and nature conservation issues in south east Dorset;

objected to the policy on airports;

suggested amendments to the text on climate change and CO2 emissions and the relationship between future growth and infrastructure provision.

The panel appointed to undertake the examination in public (EiP) of the draft RSS considered all of the submitted representations. In drawing up the matters and timetable the panel invited the Environment Agency to participate in further discussions.