BIS has announced its plans for new regional offices - the current Government Offices still being closed by 31 March 2011. Unsurprisingly these will have a business and economic focus and will also provide some support to LEPs.

In the planning context, there will continue to be a need to process matters such as environmental assessment screening directions and TCPA highway closures. I am grateful to Colin Campbell at Savills Cambridge for drawing to my attention that for screening requests, the contact point (wherever the request comes from) is Also we are to expect a planning implementation unit to take on these matters - to be based in Birmingham with offices in Plymouth and Leeds