The Assembly's Regional Planning Committee (RPC) is responding to Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on 'Planning and the Strategic Road Network'.
The RPC has welcomed DfT's linked proposal that as a statutory consultee the HA would have reduced power to object to developments identified in an adopted spatial development plan.
Keith Mitchell, Assembly Chairman, said: 'Failure to make the Highways Agency a statutory consultee would mean that they can't be fully involved in the plan making process. Many plans across the region are being held up by non delivery of HA schemes and this is causing frustration. It also means we are spending time and money on fixing procedural flaws instead of delivering real infrastructure. We hope the new arrangements will put an end to unnecessary delays.'
The Assembly's response to DfT recommends that:
- HA investment requirements, identified in spatial plans such as the South East Plan, are included in the Comprehensive Spending Review process
- DfT provides sufficient resources to promote ways to reduce travelling
- Only regionally significant schemes which cost more than£5million are included in spatial plans.
Link to the agreed Regional Assembly Planning Committee paper (Item 9) - http:www.southeast-ra.gov.uk/meetings/planning/2006.html