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The government is updating the earlier environmental reports on the proposed revocation of the regional strategies and undertaking additional consultation. A written ministerial statement made by Baroness Hanham on 25 July 2012 sets out the background and explains why the reports are being updated.
As part of its stated commitment to protecting the environment the government decided to carry out an environmental assessment of the revocation of the existing regional strategies, on a voluntary basis. It is the fovernment’s clear policy intention to revoke existing regional strategies outside London, but this is subject to the outcome of environmental assessments and will not be undertaken until the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Parliament have had the opportunity to consider the findings of the assessments.
The regional strategy whose revocation is proposed is the Regional Spatial Strategy for the West Midlands, published in January 2008. The environmental report on the revocation of the West Midlands regional spatial strategy is available below.