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Planning: Urban Areas

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on town centre development in the last five years. (280739)

In the last five years, we and our predecessor Department (The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) have published the following national planning policy and guidance on town centre development:

Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS6): Planning for Town Centres (published 21 March 2005)

Planning for Town Centres—Guidance on Design and Implementation Tools (published 21 March 2005)

Looking After Our Town Centres (published 14 April 2009).

On 5 May 2009 we published a consultation draft Planning Policy Statement 4 (PPS4): “Planning for Prosperous Economies.” This new PPS incorporates draft PPS 4: “Planning for Sustainable Economic Development”; PPG 5: “Simplified Planning Zones”; PPS 6: “Planning for Town Centres”; and the economic development policies in PPS 7: “Sustainable Development in Rural Areas”. The consultation documentation for the draft PPS and further details about how to respond are available on the Department's website at: andbuilding/consultationeconomicpps

The consultation period ends on 28 July 2009.