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Regional Planning

Government Offices work with regional partners to develop, implement and monitor ‘Regional Spatial Strategies,’ which set out Government’s planning and transport policy for each region for a 15-20 year period. The strategies provide frameworks for determining planning applications, as well as for preparing both Local Development Documents and Local Transport Plans. More information on the national picture

Final Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS)
The Secretary of State published on 6 May 2009 the final RSS for the South East. Further details can be found on the South East Plan page of the website.

Policy M3 of the South East's RSS
The South East England Regional Assembly submitted to the Secretary of State their review of Policy M3 - The amount of primary aggregates (sand, gravel and crushed rock) that each minerals planning authority (the county or unitary council) should provide. More information on the Review of Minerals page.

Policy H7 of the South East's RSS
The South East Partnership Board has submitted their review of Policy H7 - provision of new pitches that each local authority should provide for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in the South East. More information on the provision of new pitches page.

South East Green Infrastructure Framework - From Policy into Practice. View the South East Green Infrastructure framework.
The Framework will seek to:

  • establish Green Infrastructure as an integral and essential component of sustainable communities
  • develop a common understanding of the role and importance of green infrastructure
  • help implement the South East Plan's green infrastructure policy,
  • and will provide detailed guidance on how Green Infrastructure can be delivered through the planning system and local partnerships.


Draft Regional Spatial Strategy - Background

  • The South East Regional Assembly formally submitted the draft Regional Spatial Strategy (The South East Plan) to Government on 31 March 2006
  • Further details and a full copy of the draft plan are available through the Assembly website. The Government's response is available below.
  • Consultation on the draft plan ended 23 June 2006, and the Examination in Public ran from 27 November 2006 to 30 March 2007.
  • The Panel, chaired by Corinne Swain, OBE, MA (Cantb), MPhil, FRTPI, was appointed to carry out independent testing of the draft plan. The Report of the Examination in Public Independent Panel was published on 29 August 2007.
  • The Secretary of State published Proposed Changes to the draft Regional Spatial Strategy on 17 July 2008. Consultation on the changes ended on 24 October 2008. All documents remain available for viewing through the consultation portal at: http://gose.limehouse.co.uk/portal
  • Following receipt of the Panel Report, the Government Office raised a number of factual inconsistencies with the Panel. A statement and their response can be found on the Report page
  • Further details of the process so far and the key examination documents are available through the Examination in Public website
  • Advice on the process for revising the Regional Spatial Strategy is set out in national guidance - Planning Policy Statement 11.



Current RPG9 covers the period up to 2016 and was published in March 2001. It should be read in conjunction with the following amended chapters:

  • Chapter 9 – Regional Transport Strategy
  • Chapter 10 (part) – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Chapter 10 (part) - Waste
  • Chapter 11 - Minerals
  • Chapter 12 – Ashford Growth Area
  • Chapter 14 – Tourism and Related Sport and Recreation
  • Milton Keynes & South Midlands Sub-Regional Growth Strategy

These chapters were reissued after consultation and public examination.

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Planning - RSS
email: toni.wootton@gose.gsi.gov.uk

Planning - Surrey, Kent
Government Office for the South East
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1 Walnut Tree Close
tel: 01483 882255
email: jennie.gilks@gose.gsi.gov.uk

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