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Falconer exit causes unease over Planning Green Paper

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Lord Falconer's departure from his role as planning minister has raised concerns about the future for the Planning Green Paper.

The RICS is urging the government not to use the reshuffle as an excuse to delay the planning reforms, calling it a bad time for Falconer to be moved off the project.

Chair of the RIBA's planning committee Wendy Shillam agreed: 'For once in our lives, there is the chance of primary new legislation. It would be a shame if the changes within government jeopardised this.' And she warned that the separation of regeneration issues from those of transport meant there was less chance that the two will work together and could be 'a real blockage to regeneration working'.

Following the resignation of Stephen Byers, a Department of Transport will be re-established, with the rest of the DTLR transferring to the new deputy minister's department.Ministers Falconer, Nick Raynsford and Sally Keeble, who were responsible for planning, will be replaced by Lord Rooker and Nick McNulty. Their specific responsibilities are still to be decided.

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