CALA Homes last week lost a High Court ruling which means that the intention to abolish Regional Spatial Strategies (RSSs) can be taken into account when determining planning applications.
The ruling follows the earlier judgment in favour of the developer that held that Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) had acted illegally in scrapping RSSs under delegated legislation.
The result means that the Government's intention to abolish the regionally-set targets can be a factor in determining applications, although following the ruling last years the targets themselves stand.
Planning Minister at the DCLG Bob Neill said:
"We are determined to return decision-making powers to communities and provide powerful incentives so people can see the benefits of building more homes, and the Bill will help achieve this.
"This judgment makes it clear that planners can take into account the Government's intention to do away with Regional Strategies.
"The Coalition Government made a firm pledge to sweep away these controversial strategies that have proved that top-down targets do not build homes. All they have produced is the lowest peacetime house building rates since 1924 and fuelled resentment in the planning process that has slowed everything down."
The Localism Bill, currently at committee stage in the House of Commons, will abolish RSSs when enacted later this year.
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