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Planning And Compulsory Purchase Bill

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of outline planning permission and its replacement by the statement of development principles as contained in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill. [114015]

The statement made in July last year, "Sustainable Communities: Delivering through Planning", said that statements of development principle might eventually replace outline planning permission. Outline planning permission will not be abolished until statements of development principles have been shown to be an effective alternative. Until then the two systems will work in parallel. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will review the take up and success of statements of development principles two years after they come into effect. At that time the consequences would be of removing outline planning permission will be considered. Full consultation will take place before removing outline planning permission.