East of England sets out potential sites

Planners reviewing the East of England Plan have published details of 100 potential development sites put forward by developers after their call for proposals.

Failed eco-town bids Hanley Grange and Coltishall are on a list of potential schemes of between 2,000 and 20,000 homes issued this week by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA).

EERA is collecting the information at an early stage of a review to roll forward the government-approved regional spatial strategy (RSS) from 2021 to 2031. The DCLG wants the review competed by 2011.

EERA planning team leader Simon Meecham said the review may identify the broad location of development but local development frameworks will designate sites.

He said the inclusion of two failed eco-towns signals the promoters' intention to put revised plans through the RSS process. "This is a unique piece of work and a creative bit of thinking by EERA. But it is only the first stage of assessment."

The consultancy Arup is carrying out a separate review for EERA into the potential for major new settlements in the region and constraints on development. The emerging results, which are to be published early next month, will also help shape discussions on the RSS review.

The 100 proposals are available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc

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