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South East area loses regional plan

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The South East will see its regional plan abolished as part of government Localism plans

The area has become the third region to lose its regional plan after the government announced proposals to abolish the plans as part of the Localism Bill.

The move is aimed at encouraging growth in the construction industry and giving local people more control.

In a statement secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles said: ‘The decision to revoke the Regional Strategy for the South East signals a significant step for localism.

‘When the Order comes into force, it will mean that development plans across the former South East government office region will comprise local plans, and where they exist, neighbourhood plans. Localised planning enables councils to make the development choices that work for them; choices that are right for their communities and respond to the needs of the local area rather than to arbitrary top-down targets. This presents a far better deal for local people.’

Last month, Yorkshire and Humber and East England saw their regional plans abolished.

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