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Regional Planning and Development

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 14 October 2009, Official Report, column 1070W, on the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, what the timetable is for the other regional assemblies to be redesignated as new regional planning bodies. (306542)

The Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act provides for participating authorities to make a scheme for the establishment and operation of Local Authority Leader's Boards. The Regional Development Agencies and the Leader's Boards will become the Responsible Regional Authority in each region who will be responsible for the future revision of their Regional Strategy.

On the 25 November 2009 the Commencement Orders implementing provisions establishing Leader's Boards came into effect. Following consultation with stakeholders the participating local authorities will submit schemes for establishing Local Authority Leader's Boards to the Secretary of State for approval.

There is no fixed timetable but the Regional Strategy elements of the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act will commence on the 1st April 2010 at which point the designated Regional Planning Body role ceases to exist. We would hope that Leaders Board schemes would be received and approved by then.