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Industrial Development: Planning Permission

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidelines she plans to issue to local authorities on the effect of the climate change targets for 2010 on planning applications for industrial development. (148023)

The Government published a draft planning policy statement (PPS) on climate change for consultation at the end of 2006. This makes clear that planning should be a positive force for change and help secure progress against the UK's emissions targets, both by direct influence on energy use and emissions, and in bringing together and encouraging action by others. The PPS will apply to all development; it expects all planning authorities, in enabling the provision of new homes, jobs, services and infrastructure and shaping the places where people live and work, to secure the highest viable standards of resource and energy efficiency and reduction in carbon emissions. The final PPS will be published later this year.