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
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
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
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
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)
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.