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MODERNISATION OF THE PLANNING SYSTEM ANNOUNCED

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Richard Caborn, minister of state for the regions, regeneration and planning has announced measures to modernise th...
Richard Caborn, minister of state for the regions, regeneration and planning has announced measures to modernise the planning system in England. He also launched a consultation paper on measures to improve Regional Planning Guidance.

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.

These are:

- the European context for planning in this country

- clearer statements of national policy for the small number of projects where decentralisation of decision-making is not

possible

- 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'.

NOTES

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.

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