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Pbnning activities The preparation of plans is only one activity which planning departments must deal with. They are also required by planning legislation to exercise development control over their area. Once again, this is a shared function between county and district; in general, development applications are dealt with by the relevant districts and only become a county matter when they are judged to be of strategic significance. Planning departments also may, but are not required to, engage in a range of other activities.

This proportion was the highest in the Northern region at 40 per cent, and lowest in the Southwest region at 22 per cent. In parts of London and many major cities the proportion exeeeds 40 per cent and in Tower Hamlets LB eouneil housing dominates to the virtual exclusion of other forms of tenure. Nevertheless the role of the housing authority ean be signifieant for owner oeeupiers, private renters and landlords. There is an ever deereasing stock of dwellings available for private renting. This is largely due to govemmental pressures on the private landlord and the fact that such dwellings tend to be older and in poor eondition.

In addition, more detailed loeal plans were to be produeed whieh made greater use of maps and other detail to fill out the framework, including action area plans for specifie developments. Although the strueture plans were to be submitted to eentral govemment for formal approval, the loeal plans were in general terms not to be speeifieally ealled in by 47 central govemment provided that they fitted within the overall framework of the structure plan. One of the early justifications for local govemment reorganisation was the need to relate more c10sely the planning system and its organisational context.

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