The planning minister has written to all councils outlining how they should proceed with development plans in the wake of the planning green paper launched last month (LGC, 14 December 2001).
The government proposes to maintain the plan-led system, he said.
'Establishing a clear policy framework in statutory plans will not be wasted effort so long as there are appropriate transitional arrangements to any new system,' the letter says.
not be introduced until the autumn at the earliest, and will not come into effect until 2004.
Further guidance on transitional arrangements will be produced, he said, which could include a period of parallel running between the present system and the new local development frameworks.
Structure plans should continue to be reviewed while the government is consulting on the green paper, despite the paper proposing to abolish them.