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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether disused quarries are classified as (a) greenfield and (b) brownfield land; and whether she plans to review this designation. (94755)

Quarrying is a form of development, and so land that has been used for this purpose may be regarded as ‘previously-developed’. However, as such a use is temporary, in a case where the quarrying use is subject to planning conditions that required the land to be restored to its natural state when the quarrying use is completed, a former quarry would be treated as greenfield for planning for housing purposes.