In a written answer to a parliamentary question he said:
'This statement confirms that we shall retain the principles of the town and country planning system established by the post-war Labour government. For 50 years, these have demonstrated their flexibility and served us well. There are, however, a number of missing dimensions that this government will put in place to cope with the challenges it now faces.
- clearer statements of national policy for the small number of projects where decentralisation of decision-making is not
- effective arrangements for regional planning so that more issues
can be resolved at this level
- a continuous search for improvements in local efficiency
- a willingness to consider economic instruments and other modern
tools to help meet the objectives of positive planning
My policy statement on modernising planning describes how we
will fill these gaps. As part of this package, I am also today
placing in the library and publishing a consultation paper on the
future of regional planning guidance in England'.
1. The Policy Statement, 'Modernising Planning' (publication
reference 98DPL002), is available from the Department of the
Environment, Transport and the Regions, Publications Despatch
Centre, Blackhorse Road, London SE99 6TT, Tel 0181 691 9191, fax
0181 694 0099.
2. The Consultation Paper, 'The Future of Regional Planning
Guidance' (publication reference 98DPL001), is available from
the same address.
3. A copy of both documents is being sent to each county, district
and unitary in England, the local authority associations,
representatives of the property industry, and to statutory,
professional and voluntary bodies.