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Spatial Planning & Policy Committee 051110

Date: 5/11/2010





Dave Simpson

Solihull MBC - Chair

Andy Johnson

South Staffordshire Council - Sec/Vice C

David Feeney

Leeds City Council

Catriona Riddell


Alan Gomm

Kings Lynn & West Norfolk BC

Don Gobbett

Dorset CC

Diane Cooper

Stuart Hylton

Harlow Council

Royal Borough Windsor & Maidenhead

Gill Morgan

Planning Advisory Service

Andrew Close


Alex Yendole

Stafford Borough Council

Paul Bland

Huntingdonshire DC

Phil Smith

Swindon Council

Anna Cronin


Apologies for absence:

Peter Yates (Herefordshire), Dave Carter (Birmingham), Phil Abbott (Sheffield), Roger Lawes (Retired), Peter Warner (Great Yarmouth Council), John Silvester (John Silvester Assoc), Darren Richards (London Borough Sutton)

1.    Minutes of the meeting of 05 September 2010 and matters arising

The minutes were accepted as a true and correct record and there were no matters arising.

2.    RSS Revocation - feedback from DCLG Committee Inquiry

Catriona recently attended the Inquiry and introduced this item. Catriona advised that ADEPT & RTPI had presented overviews to the Inquiry regarding post RSS strategic planning. The strong message presented to the Inquiry was that planners are part of the solution and not the problem. Unfortunately, it is perceived that a number of MPs blame planners for delays and the bureaucracy surrounding planning.

Strong message presented to Inquiry that we need new strategic planning arrangements that link into the current and emerging National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) + fits in with local delivery. The 'strategic gap' needs to be addressed. Recent Local Growth White paper hinted at LEP involvement in 'strategic planning' but what of accountability? Would LEPs not be open to same criticism as former Regional Assemblies? What about those parts of the county not in a LEP?

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