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Housing: Construction

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the provisions of the Housing Green Paper relating to house building targets are intended to be applied by planning authorities in determining planning applications currently under consideration or taken into account for planning applications currently subject to appeal before legislation is enacted. (177445)

Local planning authorities must determine planning applications in accordance with the statutory development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Government national statements of planning policy, such as planning policy for housing policies set out in Planning Policy Statement 3, and other policy, such as the house building targets set out in the Housing Green Paper ‘Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable’, are capable of being material considerations to be taken into account by local planning authorities, the Planning Inspectorate Agency or other relevant decision taker, in determining planning applications.

It is for the relevant decision taker to determine the weight to be given to any material consideration depending on the circumstances of any individual case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) houses and bungalows and (b) flats and maisonettes she expects to be built as part of her Department's target of 3,000,000 new homes by 2020; and if she will make a statement. (179247)

The Government target is in terms of net additional dwellings and is not divided between flats and houses. It is for regional and local planning authorities to plan for an appropriate mix of housing,