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Local Government: Publicity

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she plans to make an assessment of the appropriateness of the legislative requirements on local authorities to place statutory notices in local newspapers; (253883)

(2) which recommendations of the Killian-Pretty review of planning she plans to implement.

At the launch of the final report on 24 November 2008, my right hon. Friend, the Minister for Housing identified two recommendations on extending further permitted development rights for businesses and public services and reducing information requirements that we would be taking forward immediately. Among the other recommendations of the review was one that local authorities should be given greater autonomy and flexibility to determine the best approaches to use in order to notify the public about planning applications. We will set out the Government’s response to the remaining recommendations in the Killian Pretty Report shortly. Any proposals for substantive policy changes would be subject to consultation.