HC Deb 24 April 1998 vol 310 c709W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the applicability and enforcement of county structure plans in respect of transport policies in circumstances where they conflict with proposals within the forthcoming Government White Paper. [39585]

Mr. Raynsford

Section 54A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 requires all decisions on planning matters to be made in accordance with the adopted development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Where plan policies are superseded by new planning policy guidance issued by the Secretary of State, local authorities must have regard to the new guidance when taking planning decisions. They will also take account of the revised guidance when updating their development plans. The Secretary of State will have regard to any more recent guidance in determining called-in planning applications on appeals.