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Delay 'frustrating and unavoidable'.

COUNCIL leader Mehboob Khan described the delay to the implementation as "frustrating" but said it was "unavoidable".

He blamed the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government delaying the axing of the Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) which were introduced in 2004 and provided regional level planning frameworks for the regions of England outside London.

Clr Khan explained: "With the Government only telling us four weeks ago that they were not abolishing Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) until Spring, we are in a situation now that could leave us open to legal challenge unless we accept the legal advice we have and delay final sign off of the strategy.

"However, this debate is still very important. It is vital that all the parties are able to debate their proposals in public and listen to the public on this important matter which means a lot to communities across Kirklees.

"While on the face of it it would seem sensible to accept that we should go forward and agree our core strategy because it will not be implemented until after the abolition of RSS, it would leave us in an unlawful position if we did so.

"So while we cannot proceed to a final conclusion now, we can debate and agree the important principles that will form the basis of the final proposal.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2011
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