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Eco-Towns: Planning

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the new Planning Policy Statement on eco-towns will be location-specific. (202589)

Yes, the eco-towns policy statement will be place specific, and will be an important material consideration in the determination of any planning application for an eco-town, particularly where the development plan is silent or out of date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning guidance for eco-towns will be site-specific. (203459)

Yes, the eco-towns policy statement will be place specific, and will be an important material consideration in the determination of any planning application for an eco-town, particularly where the development plan is silent or out of date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the approach in the draft planning policy statement on eco-towns will follow the approach to national policy statements envisaged in the Planning Bill, with particular reference to local publicity, consultation and parliamentary scrutiny. (204672)

The draft eco-towns policy statement will not be a national policy statement for the purpose of the Planning Bill, and therefore will not be covered by the provisions on consultation set out in it. However I can assure you that we will be publicly consulting on the draft eco-towns policy statement, which we expect to publish in July.