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Housing: Planning

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued to planning authorities on the density of housing development. (173541)

Using land efficiently is a key consideration in planning for housing. Guidance to local planning authorities on developing appropriate housing density policies is set out in Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3), published last November. While PPS3 advises a national indicative minimum density figure of 30 dwellings per hectare, it also grants more flexibility to local planning authorities to take account of local circumstances and set their own local standards for density by setting out a range of densities across their plan area, rather than one broad density range.