§ Viscount Mountgarret
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What arrangements they are putting in place for the consideration of further changes to the system of development plans prepared under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
On 13th March my honourable friend the Minister for Construction, Planning and Energy Efficiency published proposals to amend the Code of Practice on Development Plans and the Development Plan Regulations in order to help speed up the process of adoption by local authorities of area-wide local plans and unitary development plans. The changes proposed in those documents have been broadly welcomed and, subject to consideration of the detailed comments received, will be implemented as soon as possible. He also indicated that he had not ruled out further changes, if these were wanted by the users of the development plan system. Meetings are now being held with a range of organisations representing those with an interest in the operation of the system, including the local authorities, developers and environmental groups. Suggestions for change can also be submitted in writing to: The Secretary, Development Plans Review, Room C13/20, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 3EB, to arrive not later than 30th June. If it is decided to bring forward further firm proposals for changes to the system, these will be subject to consultation in the usual way.