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The Regional Planning Function in Yorkshire and Humber, which had been provided since April 2009 by Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (LGYH), has now been disbanded following the revocation of the Regional Strategies by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) Chief Planner on the 6th July 2010.

As a result, the policies that were contained within the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) no longer form part of the statutory development plan. Whilst national Planning Policy Statements still apply, reference to the RSS or Regional Strategies within them should be disregarded.

There is no longer any requirement for local authorities to seek advice from LGYH on the conformity of strategic planning applications or emerging local development documents with the Regional Strategy. There is also no longer a requirement to send monitoring information to LGYH.

Local authorities should, however, continue to progress their Local Development Frameworks (LDFs), which are now seen to be even more critical to ensure up–to-date development plan coverage. It is important for local authorities to decide whether and how to work across local authority boundaries on planning policy. There are benefits of local authorities working together on planning, to support the production of local planning documents and achieve efficiencies in undertaking technical work.

In order to assist local authorities in their work on LDFs, as well as wider collaborative, strategic planning activity, LGYH has ensured that an archive of all documents that formed the regional planning evidence base continues to be available. Whilst the policies included in the Regional Strategy no longer form part of the statutory development plan, the evidence base that was used to develop the Regional Strategies can still be used by local planning authorities to inform the scale and distribution of development planned through their emerging Local Development Frameworks.

Provided below, therefore, is a document summarising the most up-to-date parts of the evidence base and how it could be used to inform local authorities’ LDFs; as well as a list of all the documents that formed the regional planning evidence base (including background studies and relevant data-sets) and where these are available online or from FSR-level strategic planning leads.. 

Regional Planning Function Statement

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Y&H Evidence Base Spreadsheet & Archive Index

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Service Transformation in the North - In June 2014, NLGN and its partners convened a workshop  to discuss how councils in the North were integrating and transforming their public services. This paper summarises the discussion. More information here.

APPG Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire report following the session on the bioeconomy is now online, along with the APPG letter sent to Lord DeMauley following the meeting . More information here.

Yorkshire and Humber Local Authorities have submitted a joint letter to the DfT Rail Franchising consultation . More information here.

The APPG Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire report following the session on local transport investment and growth is now available. More information here.