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POOR LOCAL AUTHORITY PERFORMANCE ON DEVELOPMENT PLANS (ENGLAND)

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The poor performance by some local authorities in taking development ...
The poor performance by some local authorities in taking development

plans forward to adoption was attacked today by planning minister,

Nick Raynsford.

He was commenting on figures released today that show the progress

towards total coverage of development plans in England. One fifth of

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

deposit

'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

plans.'

NOTES

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).

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