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No problem with private consultants writing a local plan but ...

Date: 16/11/2017

Planning magazine reports that private sector consultants and masterplanners could be paid by government to draw up the local plans of authorities that have failed to do it themselves.

Mike Kiely, Chair of the Planning Officers Society, said there was no fundamental problem with private organisations writing plans, but that the government should not underestimate the scale of the task it was taking on.

"The government has introduced this power to take on local plans, but they haven't changed the rules to form them - they still have to meet the statutory tests. It's quite a challenge for any organisation and I don't envy the secretary of state," he said.

MikeKiely3web.jpg Mike Kiely

 

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