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Independent Panel Report on the Examination in Public of the Draft South West RSS

The independent Panel's report of the Examination in Public (EiP) Panel of the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the South West was published by Government Office South West on Thursday 10 January 2008. 

The independent Panel's report contains recommendations about what changes the Panel think should be made to Assembly's Draft RSS.  Their recommendations have been made in response to the many representations that were sent to them on the Draft RSS and the discussions which took place at the EiP. 

Now the independent Panel's report has been published - what happens next?

Hazel Blears
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, published the Proposed Changes to South West’s long term plan (the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy) on 22 July 2008, which marked the start of a 12 week consultation until 24 October 2008.  Click here to view the Proposed Changes and for more information about the consultation.

After considering any further views received as a result of the consultation on the Secretary of State's Proposed Changes, the final Regional Spatial Strategy will be published in early 2009.

Panel Report Cover
The independent Panel's report can be download as one document - click here (3,606 KB)
or click on the links below to download in 3 sections:

EiP Panel's Report - Section 1 Main Report (1,931 KB)

EiP Panel's Report Section 2 - Appendices A, B, & C (1,612 KB)

EiP Panel's Report Section 3 - Appendices D, E & F (1,155 KB)

PRESS RELEASE - to read the Assembly's response to the
publication of the independent Panel's report click


To view a map prepared by the Assembly on the Examination in Public Panel Report Recommendations: Number of dwellings to be built per annum in the South West - click here.

To view a map prepared by the Assembly on the Examination in Public Panel EiP Panel report recommended dwellings to be built per annum in SWReport Recommendations: Percentage Change in Draft RSS Dwelling Number Proposals - click here.

The Assembly has prepared summary Comparison Tables of the Draft RSS and EiP Panel's report on dwelling numbers in Housing Market Areas (HMAs) to 2026 and dwelling numbers in Strategically Significant Cities and Towns (SSCTs) areas - to view both tables click here

To view the Examination in Public website click here.

Paper copies of the independent Panel's Report have been made available for inspection at the same places where the Draft RSS was deposited - public libraries, local authority planning departments, Government Office South West, Bristol and the Assembly's office in Taunton.  The independent Panel's report has also been sent to all participants at the EiP and local authority chief planning officers.

Please note the Assembly does not have any paper copies of the report available for distribution.  If you require a copy please contact Government Office South West.