Yorkshire and Humber revise strategy

A revised strategy calling for a holistic approach to planning has been launched by Yorkshire and Humber council leaders.

Prepared for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Assembly, the regional spatial strategy insists that sustainable development must be used to protect the environment and to encourage economic growth. It also backs joined-up thinking between economic, social and enironmental developments.

The strategy urges planners to minimise the need for travel by providing transport infrastructure that is co-ordinated with existing and future housing and employment areas.

To avoid perpetuating the region's record as the nation's second worst recycler, the strategy sets targets for the amount of waste to be recycled.

It provides guidance on the numbers and locations of waste management facilities that will be required.

Planning minister Keith Hill said: "The strategy provides a relevant framework for sustainable development."

But Friends of the Earth regional campaigner Anthony Rae said: "The implied shift in regeneration from deprived South Yorkshire to the already prosperous Leeds growth pole indicates a turning away from sustainable development."

The revised strategy follows a selective review of RPG12 last year. A full-scale redraft is due out next April.

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