Nicky Gavron, chair of the LGA's planning committee said:
'The government's announcement on regional planning adds great support to the LGA's campaign for greater autonomy for regions on how they should plan and develop.
'The association has long argued that effective regional planning is the missing dimension to enable the planning system to address such difficult issues as transport and movement and its relationship to housing location and employment opportunities, in a sustainable way.
The LGA strongly supports the following recommendations:
- that more say should be given to regions about how they are planned
- that there should be wider involvement by interested parties in the preparation of RPG, including use of 'roundtable' conferences to discuss the issues
- that mechanisms should be introduced for testing the emerging regional strategy endorsed by all participants such as formal or informal examination in public-type hearings
- the recognition that new priorities for regional planning should be based on a strategic vision for creating sustainable patterns of
development at the regional level
- that there is a need to take into account the emerging EU context for spatial planning, such as the European Spatial Development Perspective
- the endorsement by the government that an environmental appraisal
(leading to a future sustainability appraisal) should be carried on RPG
- the acceptance that regional development agencies must be work within the strategic regional planning process
- the acceptance regional planning will be carried out by democratically accountable regional groupings of locally authorities