In a Written Statement planning minister Brandon Lewis has stated that the government will intervene in cases where local authorities have failed to produce a local plan by 'early 2017' and arrange for the documents to be written 'in consultation with local people'.
POS believes the statement raises some ambiguity:
Hackforth indicated that "without greater clarity on these points, LPAs will be in a Humpty Dumpty world of uncertainty about what they are expected to do and by when."
"Nevertheless," addded Silvester "there is some good stuff in the statement as well; for example telling PINS that good enough is OK and stop being too fussy over non central issues."
John Silvester (President 2002/3)
David Hackforth (President 2009/10)