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Regional Aggregate Working Parties (RAWP)
RAWP's are technical working parties charged with advising central government and the Regional Planning Body. The RAWPs provide data and trends to assist regional planning bodies, in developing the Regional Mineral Strategy. It is the RAWPs that principally monitor the supply and demand for both primary and secondary aggregates, the latest position on development plans, planning applications and decisions and the level and type of construction industry activity within their regions. They include representatives from each Mineral Planning Authority, the DCLG, the aggregates industry, specialist advisors, regional planning bodies and, where relevant, national park authorities. The RAWPS are administered and led by a Technical Support Group and National Coordinating Group at the national level, chaired by the DCLG, in order to discuss the work and issues arising from their work.

Regional Offices
There is also a Government Office in each of the English Regions and these have, among other duties, an important role in the development of planning policies for the region and the application of policy in individual decisions. They act as regional agents for ten Government Departments, including the DCLG, and seek to co-ordinate their roles to promote the betterment of the Region.

They liaise with the Regional Assemblies in the development of planning policies for the region and provide comments on behalf of the First Secretary of State in the excise of his powers in the plan making process.

They also scrutinise and oversee the production of Local Development Frameworks and related processes and are required by state to be notified overseers of any applications that depart from the development plan or are likely to raise issues of more than local importance.
 

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As a result, they may decide to call in the application for determination by the First Secretary of State after a public local inquiry, if they consider that it raises significant policy issues or is of more than local importance.

Conclusions

Although the Government sets the overall thrust of national planning policies for minerals planning, the strategic direction and spatial planning of minerals development is now focussed at the regional level. This is an important focus and context for the development of local planning policy through individual MPAs.