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Polytunnels: Planning Permission

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has given to local planning authorities on planning permission for polytunnels; and if she will make a statement. (157637)

The Chief Planner in Communities and Local Government wrote to all local planning authorities on the issue of polytunnels on 25 July 2007. The letter was prompted by concern among several local planning authorities about the planning status of polytunnels following a High Court judgment in December 2006. The purpose of the letter was to clarify the Government’s understanding of the situation, to remind local planning authorities of their existing powers on enforcement and of existing planning policy contained in “Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable Development in Rural Areas”