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Housing: Planning Permission

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 to ban building of houses in back gardens; and if she will make a statement. (107304)

No. The final Planning Policy Statement 3 published on 29 November gives local authorities greater flexibility around the location and kind of housing in their area and gives them greater flexibility to address concerns around development on garden land in areas where it is a problem. We do not believe a blanket ban is appropriate.