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Prisons: Planning Permission

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning permission is required for the docking and location of a prison ship. (157660)

Whether planning permission is required will depend on whether the proposed activity or new use of land would amount to "development". Development is defined in section 55(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as

“the carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change of use of buildings or other land.”

Planning permission is required for any of these forms of development, unless the section specifically exempts it.

It may be that locating a prison ship where there wasn't one previously would amount to development on the grounds either that it would be a material change of use of the land where it is docked or that it might involve operational development. However, it would be for the local planning authority to determine this based on the particular circumstances of a proposal.