§ Mr. Frank Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will publish the draft modifications to the Cleveland structure plan; what are the reasons for the delay; and what assessment he has made of the damage to development prospects in the area arising from such delay.
§ Mr. Moynihan
It is hoped to publish the Secretary of State's proposed modifications to the Cleveland structure plan in June. It has not been possible to do so earlier because of the need to resolve some complex issues raised in the report of the panel which conducted the examination in public. I am not aware of any damage to development prospects in Cleveland as a result of this timetable. Local planning authorities have continued to carry out their functions and, where appropriate, have taken the new structure plan into account as a material consideration in reaching their decisions. Similarly, recent appeal decisions issued by the Secretary of State have had regard to the emerging structure plan.