The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 were published last week.
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP issued a written ministerial statement to accompany the publication.
Richard Blyth (pictured right) Head of Policy at the RTPI said: \"A major worry was that the draft appeared to require only a single \"1991 style\" local plan in each area, notwithstanding work in progress and an area's preferences. This is no longer the case: councils can choose a single plan or a combination as they see fit. The final regulations also confirm that no land can be allocated in a plan without first having been the subject of an examination by a planning inspector. Given the importance afforded to local plans in the draft NPPF, and we would hope, in the final version, this is a critical safeguard. There is also a welcome formal role in strategic planning for Local Enterprise Partnerships, but we also note the resource constraints that they operate under.\"