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Eddington Report

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the compliance of out-of-town grocery shopping with the recent Eddington report on transport. (110240)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: Planning Policy Guidance 13 on planning and transport gives a clear preference for locating new retail development in town centre sites first, followed by edge of centre sites and only then out of centre. This is part of a framework of measures aiming to reduce the need to travel and promote more sustainable transport choices, thereby tackling urban congestion. Government policy on out-of-town shopping is therefore consistent with the Eddington study, which identifies this as a priority.