Planning minister Lord Falconer confirmed this week that he has brought forward a review of the role of the regeneration body English Partnerships by 18 months, as revealed in Building last month.
Falconer said the decision to hold the review was taken "to ensure that the future of EP is given greater clarity and focus".

The first stage of the review will examine the role of the agency and is expected to be complete by December. The second stage will deal with structural implications if its remit is changed. This is expected to be complete by Easter.

It is likely to recommend that some of EP's powers be delegated to regional development agencies.

EP said it welcomed the review, adding that it was a natural development in light of the reorganisation of departmental responsibilities after the general election.

The review will be headed by Lord Falconer and a team from the DTLR.