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Holding direction on Stevenage plan lifted

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing secretary James Brokenshire has removed the holding direction on the Stevenage Borough Council Local Plan.

The plan was submitted to the secretary of state on 21 July 2016 and in October 2017 a planning inspector recommended that it should be adopted.

A month later, however, then-communities secretary Sajid Javid issued a holding direction (pdf) on the local plan, preventing its adoption. It was triggered by a request from local MP Stephen McPartland. His request raised “a number of issues”, including plan policies and supporting text relating to the regeneration of Stevenage train station and town centre.

In January this year, Stevenage Borough Council has requested a judicial review into the temporary holding direction.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We welcome the decision by the secretary of state to release the holding direction on the Stevenage Local Plan.

“After years of public consultation and examination we have a robust plan. We are pleased that the government shares our vision of an even better Stevenage, in line with the views of the planning inspector and our residents.”

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