Final regional planning targets abolished
The final regional planning targets have been abolished by the government, formally handing power for planning to local authorities.
Communities minister Eric Pickles first announced his intention to scrap regional spatial strategies almost two years ago in favour of localised planning decisions.
But a legal challenge meant each one had to be reviewed in terms of the environmental impact of losing regional-tier planning systems.
Now, orders will be laid in parliament to revoke the final three plans, for the west midlands, south west and the north west. Under the Localism Bill and the government’s national planning policy framework, councils are required to draw up local plans to set out development in their area.
Mr Pickles said: ‘We have secured the abolition of every single strategy. We are committed to decentralising as much power as possible and these important and popular planning reforms will bring a significant shift in power to local people.’