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Polytunnels: Planning Permission

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether polytunnels are considered temporary or permanent structures under the planning regime. (232694)

Whether a structure is temporary or permanent will be for the local planning authority to determine. This will ultimately be a matter of fact and degree based on a number of factors, for example, its use, permanence and size.

More generally, the status of polytunnels within the planning system was addressed in a letter the chief planner in Communities and Local Government sent to all local planning authorities on the issue of polytunnels on 25 July 2007. This is available at: