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Regional Planning and Development

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have had their core strategy found unsound by the Planning Inspectorate; and for what reasons in each case. (323029)

Eight authorities have had their core strategy development plan documents found unsound. The authorities are Carrick district council (as was); Chichester district council; Lichfield city council; Ryedale district council; Stafford borough council; Restormel borough council (as was); Teignbridge district council and the Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

A paper has been placed in the Library of the House which sets out in summary the reasons why each core strategy has been found unsound.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the responsible regional authority to draw up each new regional strategy. (323158)

The provisions of the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 to create regional strategies come into effect on 1 April 2010. The regulations, which also come into effect on that day, state that each Responsible Regional Authority will have to produce a project plan outlining how they will take forward the revision of their regional strategy, some project plans are already in place. All regions will aim to complete the revision of their regional strategies by 2013.