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Playing Fields: Planning

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when his Department plans to consult on the proposals in the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 on playing fields of 0.2 hectares and above; (148823)

(2) when his Department plans to bring forward the changes recommended in the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 announced in his Department’s press release “Planning to Safeguard Open Spaces and Playing Fields” of July 2002.

I have been asked to reply.

We are strongly committed to reducing the threshold for statutory consultation on the sale of playing fields from 0.4 ha to 0.2 ha and this will be reflected in the consultation paper on the review of statutory consultees due later this year.