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Planning: Schools

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidance and circulars are in force in relation to planning permission for (a) new schools and (b) expansion of existing schools. (171593)

Planning applications for the development of new schools or the expansion of existing schools need to take account of all of the Government’s planning policies.

‘Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable development’, will be of key relevance. This sets out the Government’s overarching planning policies on the delivery of sustainable development through the planning system and asks local authorities to promote socially inclusive communities by having policies which address accessibility for all members of the community to education, leisure and community facilities.

Other relevant policies include ‘Planning Policy Guidance note 13: Transport’ (PPG13), which sets out general policy on the location of a range of facilities and car parking provision, and ‘Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable development in rural areas’ (PPS7) which sets out the Government’s policy on community services and facilities in rural areas, including schools. ‘Planning Policy Guidance note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation’ (PPG17) will also be of relevance as it relates to the planning for public and private sports facilities, playing fields and children’s play areas. Circular 09/98: ‘Town and Country Planning (playing fields) (England) Direction 1998’ which relates to the loss of playing fields, whether for schools or for the wider community, will also be directly relevant.