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Sustainable Communities

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment of the liveability of the plans for the growth areas in the Sustainable Communities-Communities plan (a) has been carried out and (b) is planned to be carried out; and if he will make a statement. [107989]

The individual growth area studies looked at the long term sustainable growth options within each area. Further assessment of the sustainability of the growth areas will be carried out as a part of the review of Regional Planning Guidance for each area. As indicated in Sustainable Communities: Building for the future, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is committed to bringing together the best of design and planning to ensure that the built environment in new and expanded communities is of a high quality, and the surrounding countryside is protected and enhanced.