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Planning Permission

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning policy statement 6 relating to sequential tests applies to new NHS facilities. (267705)

The sequential approach set out in Planning Policy Statement 6 does not apply to new NHS facilities (except offices).

However, Planning Policy Guidance note 13: Transport (2001) requires new health facilities to be planned so as to maximise accessibility by means of transport other than the car while at the same time providing good access arrangements for emergency vehicles. New intermediate health care facilities should, where possible, be located in town, district or local centres where they will be highly accessible by non-car modes of transport and can reinforce the range of services provided by these centres.