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Regional Planning and Development: South West

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people her Department is employing specifically to deal with representations on the South West Regional Spatial Strategy; and if she will make a statement. (243595)

Most of the Government Office for the South West’s planning and housing delivery team of 20 staff, including seven chartered town planners, will deal with representations, but none will be devoted exclusively to Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) work. Work on local development frameworks, casework, New Growth Points and other aspects of housing delivery will continue in parallel with the RSS. The permanent team has been supplemented by three members of staff seconded from the Planning Inspectorate and seven agency staff, who are currently dealing with the responses to the Secretary of State’s Proposed Changes for the Regional Spatial Strategy. Numerous staff at the Department of Communities and Local Government Planning Directorate will contribute to assessing options to respond to representations, but they are not expected to deal with individual representations, and none will be devoted exclusively to work on the South West’s RSS.