Abolition of regional strategies deemed unlawful

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Source: Environmental Protection UK

The High Court has concluded that the move to abolish Regional Strategies by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was unlawful.

House building company Cala Homes (Ltd) challenged the government's decision to abolish Regional Strategies on the basis that the move required primary legislation and that it was unlawful because a strategic environmental assessment of the decision was not carried out, as required under regulation 9 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004.

Commenting on the decision by the High Court, Communities Minister Bob Neill said: 'This judgement changes very little. Later this month we will be introducing the Localism Bill to Parliament, which will sweep away the controversial regional strategies. Top-down targets don't build homes - they've led to the lowest peacetime house-building rates since 1924.

'The Government remains firmly resolved to scrap this layer of confusing red tape. Instead, we will work with local communities to build more homes. This was a commitment made in the Coalition Agreement and in the general election manifestoes of both coalition parties. We intend to deliver on it.'

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