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Economy is given voice in planning; PLANNING APPLICATIONS.

Authority: Durham County Council Applicant: Bryan Bainbridge Application number: 7/2009/0184/DM Proposal: Demolition of public house and erection of two storey building comprising six flats at 6 Cheapside, Shildon, County Durham.

Authority: Durham County Council Applicant: Mr S Oates Application number: 2/09/00082/FUL Proposal: Conversion of agricultural buildings to six residential dwellings and office building at Ouston Springs Farm, Milbanke Close, Ouston, Chester-le-Street, Durham DH2 1BB.

Authority: Newcastle City Council Ward: North Heaton Applicant: Newcastle City Council, Education & Libraries Directorate Application number: 2009/0773/01/GRA Proposal: City Council Development: Erection of single storey Children''s Centre comprising covered children''s

BIG changes in the way the planning and economic prosperity of the region is mapped out could prove to be a boost for developers.

At the moment, we have a separate Regional Spatial Strategy, which covers the strategic planning for the North East, and a Regional Economic Strategy, which plans for the economic prosperity for the region.

Despite the closure of the North East Assembly last March, current legislation and statutory responsibilities remain in force until the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill , which is currently going through Parliament, is enacted.

Until the Bill is passed, an interim regional planning body, known as the North East Planning Body (NEPB), is play area, car parking spaces (15 in total), cycle racks, and erection of timber fencing and gates and boundary fencing (max height 1.8m) and associated landscaping at Newton Hall, Newton Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7HD. Authority: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Applicant: Graceland Care Home Application number: R/2009/0374/FF Proposal: First floor extension over existing single storey wing with three-storey stairway enclosure at Graceland Care Home, Belmangate, Guisborough.

responsible for statutory planning, transport and housing functions.

Once the new legislation is enacted the Association of North East Councils and One North East will have joint responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring the new single Regional Strategy, which will replace the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) and the Regional Economic Strategy (RES).

During 2009/10 there will be a transitional phase, which will transfer functions to successor bodies. The exact structure of these new arrangements is still being discussed by regional stakeholders who are developing future governance arrangements for North East England.

But what is it all likely to mean for developers? Can a change be a good thing? While the regional strategy is still some way off and its impact on developers is as yet unclear, it is anticipated that a joined-up approach will have a positive impact on bringing strategic planning and economic planning to one single document with the economic prosperity of the region giv-eadded weight.

At the current time, the RSS forms part of the statutory development plan when determining planning applications whereas the RES does not.

Bringing the economic aspects of the RES into a single regional strategy should see the economy of the region having more influence on the outcome of planning applications. On the face of it, this would seem to be a positive change for developers seeking to bring forward new development in the region.

And with the new regional strategy having to go through full public consultation before adoption, developers will have the opportunity to influence the policies against which their future developments will be assessed. David Brocklehurst, associate in planning at Newcastle law firm Ward Hadaway... this would seem to be a positive change for developers seeking to bring forward development


BIG CHANGE David Brocklehurst says developers will have an opportunity of influencing the policies against which their schemes will be judged.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2009
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