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STATUTORY PLANS TO CONTINUE DESPITE GREEN PAPER

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Councils should continue to update their development plans despite proposals to strip them of their planning powers...
Councils should continue to update their development plans despite proposals to strip them of their planning powers, Lord Falconer has said.

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.

Councils have a statutory duty to produce plans, he said, and changing the arrangements through primary legislation will take time. New arrangements will

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.

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