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Town Centres

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives the Government (a) have in place and (b) are planning to support (i) small and (ii) specialised businesses to remain open in town centres. (103852)

‘Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres’ provides a positive framework for promoting and enhancing commercial development in town centres. A copy is available in the Library of the House. It is for local authorities to plan actively for and promote the vitality and viability of their town centres, including the need to enhance consumer choice and make provision for a range of business premises (both small and large), by working closely with local businesses and other key stakeholders. The policy and its supporting guidance on design and implementation tools also promote town centre management and the creation of partnerships to develop, improve and maintain town centres so that businesses can thrive.

It is not the aim of the planning system to protect or promote individual commercial interests. Incentives for business are primarily for my right. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.