The Chancellor's Prodcutivity Plan argues that councils which do not succeed in getting a local plan in place are failing to give their communities certainty over development.
Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board, told Planning that a key issue hindering the development of local plans is the duty to cooperate. "There is an issue about the make-up and structure of local government and its ability to discharge those responsibilities politically, financially and procedurally given its scale," he added.
Kiley also said "Taking the development of the local plan out of local authorities' hands could see situations where there could possibly be very little ownership of that plan and it's drawn up in such a way that is very imposed snd perhaps against what might be perceived as being appropriate locally. Plans are not black and white issues and quite often with policies it's about how you interpret their application."
John Silvester, the POS Communications Manager, added "Whilst we encourage the timely preparation of a local plan by the LPA, if it fails to do so it really is abrogating its responsibilities to the local community. But taking that responsibility away from the LPA could be viewed as being contrary to the principle of localism."
Mike Kiely John Silvester