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Update 10/14

Date: 20/10/2014

The October 2014 members e-bulletin is now available: click here


Breaking News ...

... Planning minister Brandon Lewis has said the government has no plans to introduce a statutory duty on local authorities to produce local plans within a set timescale, saying such a move could produce 'unintended consequences'. 

Responding to a question at a Communities and Local Government Selerct Committee hearing on tyhe 10th October on the NPPF, Lewis was asked whether the government was planning to introduce statutory targets to have local plans in place.

The minister said: "I think it's quite important that we never say never to anything, but there are potential unintended consequences from having a statutory target. Not least that, as soon as you start putting some sort of statutory duty with a date target, you've got the risk that of local authorities trying to tick boxes rather than going for a proper holistic approach to their housing supply numbers, their housing need and their local plan".

At the time of issue of this e-bulletin the transcript of the hearing has yet to be published.

 >> read the DCLG written submission to the hearing

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