Proposals on how regions should prepare new style Regional Strategies and new local authority Leaders Boards have been published for consultation by the communities department.
Regional Strategies are part of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction (LDEDC) Bill which is in the final stages of going through Parliament.
Local authorities through their Leaders Boards will decide the Regional Strategy in partnership with the Regional Development Agency.
The 12-week consultation covers the draft planning policy, guidance and regulations that will establish the process that responsible regional authorities will have to follow when they revise their regional strategies.
- a Draft Policy Statement on preparing Regional Strategies to replace the current Planning Policy Statement 11: Regional Spatial Strategies
- Draft Regulations for the LDEDC Bill setting out which organisations will have to be consulted when regional strategies are prepared; what project plans should contain; when monitoring must be carried out; and access to information requirements
- Draft Guidance providing detail on how to establish and run Leaders Boards
- Draft guidance on the sustainability appraisals of Regional Strategies.
Source: Official site
Rosie Winterton said: “Our national economy relies on strong regional and local economies.
“Single integrated Regional Strategies will create one long term strategic vision for each region with local authority leaders and Regional Development Agencies working to the same blueprint to provide the investment and support to make sure every region prospers.
“Today I am publishing a consultation that sets out the arrangements for how we will put the new Regional Strategies in place following Royal Assent of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction (LDEDC) Bill.”