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Regional Planning and Development

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1275W, on regional planning and development, in which local authorities have Development Plan documents have been (a) amended by the planning inspector and (b) rejected by the planning inspector as unsound. (202481)

The planning inspector does not ‘amend’ development plan documents. The purpose of the independent examination is to consider if the development plan document is sound. An inspector may find the document sound; he may recommend that it is changed in order to become sound; or he may find it unsound and recommend that it is withdrawn. A local authority may only adopt a plan in accordance with the inspector’s recommendations; but it also may choose not to adopt a plan.

Development plan documents for the following local authorities have been found sound by inspectors subject to inspectors’ recommendations for changes.

Bedford

Broads Authority

Chelmsford

South Cambridgeshire

Southend on Sea

Havering

Kingston on Thames

Redbridge

Alnwick

Blyth Valley

Middlesbrough

Newcastle upon Tyne

Redcar and Cleveland

South Tyneside

Tynedale

Bracknell Forest

Crawley

Epsom and Ewell

Hampshire

Horsham

Maidstone

Mid Sussex

Milton Keynes

Portsmouth

Reading

Surrey

Tonbridge and Malling

Carrick

Dartmoor

Mid Devon

Plymouth

South Hams

Staffordshire

Telford and Wrekin

Worcester

Hambleton

Development plan documents for the following local authorities have been found unsound by inspectors.

Windsor and Maidenhead

Carrick

Teignbridge

Lichfield

Stafford

Worcester

Ryedale

Restormel

Chichester