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PLANNING DEFICIT ANGERS RAYNSFORD

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One-fifth of councils still do not have a development plan in place, according to government figures. ...
One-fifth of councils still do not have a development plan in place, according to government figures.

Some 5% of councils said they do not expect to adopt a plan before 2002, even though the requirement has been on the statute book for nine years.

Planning minister Nick Raynsford said: 'Although there has been some improvement on the position last year, it is still not good enough. The plan-led system is vital if we are to have an effective modern planning system.'

Plans adopted by more than 200 councils are set to reach or pass their end date by the end of 2001, and three quarters of those have not yet put replacement plans on deposit for representations.

Local Government Association planning executive chair Keith House said: 'We cannot tolerate the lengthy delays from some authorities, which inevitably reflect badly on all local authority planning departments'.
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