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Housing: Water Supply

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role water companies have in the planning of housebuilding programmes; and whether consideration is being given to making them statutory consultees in the planning process. (134382)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: Water companies are already statutory consultees on regional spatial strategies (RSSs) and local development plan documents (DPDs) since water resource issues are an important consideration in determining the pattern of development.

Under the plan-led system, planning applications are determined in accordance with the development plan (the RSS and DPDs) unless material considerations indicate otherwise.