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Strategic Planning

Regional Spatial Strategies - Status following the Government's Intention to Revoke

On 6 July 2010, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government revoked all of England's Regional Spatial Strategies (including the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy). However, this was quashed by the High Court in November 2010 and has been subject to further legal decisions. 

The government has stated that its intention to revoke the Regional Strategies through the Localism Bill should be considered as a material consideration in planning decisions, although the Court of Appeal decision on 27 May 2011 clarified that the proposed abolition of the strategies is not a material consideration in plan-making and that significant weight could only be attached to the intention in exceptional cases with very clear reasons for doing so.

The adopted WMRSS therefore remains part of the development plan for Worcestershire. In Worcestershire's case, the statutory development plan currently comprises:
  • The adopted  Regional Spatial Strategy for the West Midlands (January 2008).
  • Saved policies from the County Structure Plan.
  • Saved polices from district councils' Local Plans and the County Minerals Local Plan.
  • Adopted plans within the District, City and Borough Councils' Local Development Frameworks and the County Council's Minerals and Waste Development Framework.

The proposed WMRSS Phase Two and Phase Three Revisions have not been adopted by the Secretary of State and are therefore not part of the development plan for Worcestershire.

However because it has been subject to public Examination, the Phase 2 Revision, the report of the Examination Panel into the proposed revisions and the evidence base on which the Phase 2 Revision was based are nonetheless material planning considerations.

The information listed below regarding the RSS Phase Two Revision has been temporarily retained for reference purposes only.

WMRSS Phase Two Revision

Archived information relating to the WMRSS Phase Two Revision

WMRSS Phase Three Revision

Archived information relating to the WMRSS Phase Three Revision 

Nathaniel Lichfield Study

Further to the letter received from Baroness Andrews (see below) The Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM) appointed Nathaniel Lichfield Partners to undertake a study to assess and identify the potential capacity for additional housing numbers.

The report identifies the potential spatial scenarios that could deliver additional housing for the West Midlands Region. The scenarios are not definitive proposals or alternative strategies for the region but they will form part of the evidence base to be supplied to the Examination in Public in spring 2009.

The Nathaniel Lichfield Partners full report can be found on the Government Office for the West Midlands Website.

The Councils Sect 4 (4) response to the NLP Study are available:

Housing Market Reports

Local Housing Market Areas in Worcestershire Report

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This page was last reviewed 29 July 2013 at 13:45.
The page is next due for review 25 January 2015.