The GLA and Combined Authorities are not Local Planning Authorities – So they could do Nothing with Local Plans

A particularly badly drafted new government clause in the housing bill

The London mayor and combined authorities could be handed powers to take over the preparation of local plans from local planning authorities in their areas should they fail to bring one forward, under a government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill. planning minister Brandon Lewis, makes provision “for the secretary of state to invite the mayor of London or a combined authority to prepare or revise a development plan document for a local planning authority in their area that is failing to progress the document”.

Ok lets say they did ‘prepare or revise’ a local plan they could not

-consult on it

-Submit it or

-Adopt it

Why because the GLA and combined autjoprities are not local planning authorities

Indeed the LPA could simply withdraw the plan if already submitted as that power resides with them.

The development plan regulations gives 120 powers to ;local planning authorities’  the 2004 act intepretation section says refer to the principal act and section 1 of the 1990 act defined LPAs- very clearly.

The government needs to amend section 1 of the 1990 act to make this work.  This is no such restriction on the SoS intervention because of his wide ranging extant intervention powers.

One thought on “The GLA and Combined Authorities are not Local Planning Authorities – So they could do Nothing with Local Plans

  1. I think clauses 7 and 8 of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill propose allowing transfer of any power of a public body to a combined authority by order.

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