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Planning polices to be reviewed

Two separate inquiries will take place in Parliament to look at the impact of the Government’s new-look planning policies, it has been revealed.

The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee are behind the probes, which will take place later in the year.

The first of the inquiries, for which the deadline for written submissions in September 15, will look at the Coalition’s decision to abolish regional spatial strategies (RSS).

As part of the probe, the review will examine the implications for house building, particularly the impact of targets, and the rate of development.

The all-party committee of MPs will also consider the arrangements in place between local planning authorities for issues such as waste, minerals, flooding, the natural environment and renewable energy.

Also on the agenda will be the Government’s proposal to incentivise local communities to accept housing developments.

A second investigation will examine the Government’s localism agenda. It will focus on how effectively decentralisation leads to better public service delivery.

The probe will also consider the limits of a shift to localism in planning policy.

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