plans forward to adoption was attacked today by planning minister,
He was commenting on figures released today that show the progress
local authorities still do not have plans
Mr Raynsford said:
'I am disappointed that one fifth of local authorities in England
still do not have an area-wide local plan or unitary development
plan. 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, and all authorities
must play their part by having an up-to-date adopted plan in place.
'It is not acceptable that nine years after the requirement to
produce an area-wide local plan was introduced, many authorities have
still not done so. Indeed 5% do not expect to have an adopted plan
before 2002, and 2% of authorities have not yet placed a plan on
'I am also extremely concerned that there are over 200 local
authority adopted development plans which will reach, or will have
passed, their original end-date (due-date?) by 2001. 75% of these
authorities have not yet placed proposals for alterations or
replacement plans on deposit. I would urge all local authorities to
ensure that work does not stop when a plan is adopted. Plans must be
reviewed regularly and kept up-to-date. All authorities whose plans
are nearing their original end-date should take immediate steps to
start the review process and prepare alterations or full replacement
1. The report 'Progress on Adoption of Area Wide Local Plan and
Unitary Development Plans' shows that by 31 December 1999, 79% of
local planning authorities had an adopted area-wide local plan in
place. These were in the form of total plan coverage from a single
plan, total coverage from more than one plan, or almost total
coverage from a single plan. That compares with a figure of 67% at
the end of December 1998.
2. Table 1 in the report lists the 7 authorities (2%) which had
not placed their plans on deposit for objections or
representations, and shows the dates by which they expect to do so
and also when they expect to adopt their plans.
3. Table 2 shows the 20 authorities (5%) which had placed their
plans on deposit but had not yet begun the public local inquiry.
Estimated dates are shown for the opening of the inquiries and the
adoption of their plans.
4. Table 3 lists the 49 authorities (14%) which had placed their
plans on deposit and had either completed or were holding the
public local inquiry. This shows that a further 32 authorities
(9%) expect to adopt their plans by the end of this year.
5. Tables 4(b) identifies the 271 authorities (75%) who had a
single adopted area-wide local plan for the whole of their area
and also indicates whether they have placed proposals for
alterations or replacement plans on deposit. Table 4(a) shows the
15 authorities (4%) with total coverage from more than one plan,
or over 90% coverage from a single plan.
6. Copies of Progress on Adoption of Area Wide Local Plan and
Unitary Development Plans can be obtained form the following
address: DETR Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West
Yorkshire, LS23 7NB (Tel: 0870 1226 236, Fax: 0870 1226 237).