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Planning Permission

Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many pages of national planning guidance have been issued since 2005. (265046)

Since 1 January 2005, we and our precursor Department (The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) have published approximately 3,254 pages of national planning guidance. This total includes Planning Policy Statements, Circulars and other guidance documents. Some of these are available only in electronic form, on the web. Documents published since 2005 but subsequently cancelled have been omitted. We announced in the Planning White Paper (2007) that we would significantly streamline the planning policy framework.