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Planning: Crime Prevention

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what consultation her Department has undertaken with the police on the new planning application form planned for use nationally from April 2008; (158052)

(2) if she will require the inclusion of a question on crime prevention measures in the new standard planning application form.

Consultation proposals for the standard planning application form were published in March 2005.

The form does not include a question on crime prevention measures. The form cannot be changed at this stage as some local planning authorities are using it before it becomes mandatory on 6 April 2008.

Local planning authorities should have regard to Planning Policy Statement 1: Sustainable Development which states that their policies should ensure that developments create safe environments where crime or fear of crime does not undermine quality of life.