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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what circumstances planning permission is required to demolish a building. (252288)

The demolition of buildings constituting development is permitted development under Part 31 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, so planning permission is not generally required. Permitted development rights do not apply where a building has become unsafe or otherwise uninhabitable by deliberate action or neglect by the owner, so planning permission is necessary in such circumstances. Where the demolition of a building is required as part of a redevelopment for which planning permission is sought, details of the demolition should be included in the planning application, and any planning permission granted for the development should include permission to demolish the building. The demolition of listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas, and buildings designated as scheduled monuments, is not classed as development but is subject to consent under separate consent regimes.