The next one of the Regional Strategies (RS) to have its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of revocation published for consultation is the South East Plan. This of course covers a very wide area including Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent.

The upshot is that for most policies in the RS, the effects of revocation would be broadly  the same as the effects of retention (an obvious question suggests  itself  there!). However, there are clearly some concerns on the issues  of housing and employment allocations, particularly in local authority areas where the Local Plan is still at an early stage. Another concern is around cross boundary matters such as infrastructure provision where the "duty to cooperate" is relatively untested.

The authors of the SEA report conclude that there could be a short - medium term slowing down of development as the "new approaches" take effect.