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ONE THIRD OF COUNCILS LACK AREA-WIDE PLAN

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Planning minister Richard Caborn has attacked the 'continuing poor planning performance' of councils. ...
Planning minister Richard Caborn has attacked the 'continuing poor planning performance' of councils.

Mr Caborn said it was 'not good enough' that a third of English councils still lacked area-wide development plans.

'Some have managed to prepare their local plan and get it to adoption in less than four years, whereas others have still not yet managed to deposit a plan, eight years after the statutory requirement to prepare an area-wide local plan was introduced,' he said.

'It is also disappointing that the average local authority performance in determining planning applications remains at 62% of applications determined in eight weeks.'
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