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RTPI responds to revocation of regional spatial strategies

06 July 2010

Matt Thomson, Head of Policy at the RTPI said: 

"We have campaigned against top down targets for years but we are concerned that the revocation of regional strategies will result in the loss of important policies at the strategic level that were directly driven by local communities.

"We believe that it should be up to local authorities to determine what parts of their development plan are retained and that councils should therefore be given the opportunity to retain regional policies in a similar way to that undertaken for structure plans when they were abolished.

"Councils should be given a short period to undertake this work, after which the regional strategy might be revoked in full, and they should be encouraged to work together, perhaps in groupings that represent the sub-regions often identified in regional strategies - in order to encourage a much needed consistency of approach\".