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Any Call-in Power on City-Regional Applications Should Lie with the Mayor Not the SoS, Says POS

Date: 7/11/2014

Greater Manchester is considering pushing for the new mayor to have call-in powers over major planning appications, similar to the London mayor, and Catriona Riddell, the Society's Strategic Planning Subject Specialist, told a Planning reporter that this approach should not hinder the city region given its track record for co-operation across the ten authorities.

Riddell added "All the working on the joint development plan sets a good basis for coming to a consensus on how to establish growth. I can't see it becoming a major stumbling block." She continued "If you have responsibility for providing a strategic plan, there needs to be some sort of role in which you can actually call in major applications to make sure they're in line with that plan. Otherwise you get a disconnect between what's happening on the ground and the ambition of the plan."

catriona-riddell-pos.jpg Catriona Riddell

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