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CABORN HINTS AT PLANNING LAW CHANGES

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Richard Caborn, the minister for the regions, has signalled a government plan to relax planning regulations as part...
Richard Caborn, the minister for the regions, has signalled a government plan to relax planning regulations as part of a drive to encourage greater productivity in the regions.

The Yorkshire Post (12 Dec, p13) reports that Mr Caborn wants 'to make the planning process part of wealth-creation at a regional level'.

But, speaking at a Yorkshire Society conference in Leeds, he confirmed that the regional development agencies, which are due to be fully function in April next year, will have no direct involvement in planning and land-use issues.

He said the RDAs would have a more general role 'to bring all the region's assets to bear' on its economy. He added that the new agencies would have to redress the shortfall in productivity in all UK regions; only currently and the south-east currently matched or exceeded the EU's average of GDP per head.
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