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Regional Spatial Strategy

The Regional Planning Team is responsible for leading Government’s input to the preparation of the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the East of England and arranging for the testing of the RSS at an Examination in Public. The Team also works closely with regional partners to implement and monitor the delivery of the RSS.

Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the East of England is currently published as three separate documents:

Regional Planning Guidance for East Anglia (RPG6) covering the counties of Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Norfolk and Suffolk, published in November 2000.

Regional Planning Guidance for the South East (RPG9) covering Bedfordshire (including Luton), Essex (including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock) and Hertfordshire, published in March 2001.

Milton Keynes / South Midlands (MKSM) Sub Regional Strategy which spans three regions, the East of England, the South East and the East Midlands. In the East of England it sets out a spatial strategy for the growth locations of Bedford/Kempston/Marston Vale, Luton/Dunstable/Hougton Regis and Leighton Linslade.

The Regional Spatial Strategy for the East of England is currently under review. The draft revisions, known as the East of England Plan covers the entire region ie Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk, consistent with the current Government Office boundaries. Once issued, it will establish the broad development strategy for the region, and provide a framework within which local development documents and local transport plans can be prepared for the period to 2021. The GO has submitted representations on the draft Plan on behalf of Ministers.

Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the East of England: key Milestones and Timetable

Development of Options - Completed September 2002
The RPG review process began in Autumn 2001 with a number of community workshops. An Options Consultation Document was published in September 2002.

Draft East of England Plan public consultation:
A 14 week public consultation period ran from 8th December until 16 March 2005. The draft Plan, together with other revision documents, including the report of the Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the Environmental Report), the pre-submission consultation statement, and a number of technical studies can be viewed on EERA's website. The GO submitted representations on the draft Plan on behalf of Ministers.

Examination in Public (EiP)- November 2005 - March 2006
The public examination closed on March 1st. The subsequent report of the Panel, will provide the main basis on which the Secretary of State will decide whether any changes need to be made to the draft Plan before it is issued as a revision to RSS.

The Report of the Panel - June 2006
The report of the Panel was submitted to the Secretary of State in June 2006. The Secretary of State has now considered the Panel's recommendations and what changes need to be made to the draft Plan.

Publication of the Government’s Proposed Changes - 19 December 2006
The Secretary of State's proposed changes to the draft Plan was published for comment.  The Consultation period ran from 19 December 2006 until 9 March 2007.

Publication of the Government’s Further Proposed Changes - 23 October 2007
The Secretary of State's Further Proposed Changes to the draft Plan has been published for comment.  The Consultation period will run until 18 December 2007.

Issue of final RSS
Publication of the final East of England Plan was on 12th May 2008.

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Regional Planning Team
Government Office for the East of England
Shaftesbury Road
tel: 01223 372772
fax: 01223 372862
email: rsseast@goeast.gsi.gov.uk

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