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Streamlined PPS4 out for consultation

05 May 2009

Planning minister Margaret Beckett has published the proposed Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Economies for consultation today.

RTPI Director of Policy and Partnerships Rynd Smith said: \"It is good that the government has ended the uncertainty around previous drafts PPS4 and 6, but they should now proceed to a finalised policy statement as soon as possible.

\"Guidance can support policy material, but increasingly, planning authorities and planners should be encouraged to develop their own professional view on government policy: confidently interpreting it in their plans, without the need for such large amounts of guidance.

\"The draft PPS itself amounts to 28 pages but is part of a larger package of 119 pages of material. This is a lot of material and needs to be reduced to achieve its aim of streamlining. It is valuable that the draft resolves - as far as possible - doubt emerging from litigation on the Competition Commission grocery retail investigation by making clear that it will not immediately include a competition test."