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Planning: Retail Trade

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 149W, on planning: retail trade, when she plans to publish a consultation document on proposals to revise Planning Policy Statement 6. (197387)

[holding answer 31 March 2008]: We intend to take forward our Planning White Paper commitment, to replace the need and impact tests with a new test which has a strong focus on our town centre first policy, and which promotes competition and improves consumer choice, avoiding the unintended effects of the current need test. We will consult on revisions to Planning Policy Statement 6 shortly.