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Retail Trade: Planning Permission

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to promote retail diversity through the planning system. (296342)

Our draft Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Prosperous Communities (PPS4) requires local planning authorities to take steps to protect and where appropriate enhance consumer choice and diversity in their town centres.

We will be publishing the final PPS4 by the end of the year. Local authorities must take the PPS into account when preparing their local development frameworks and it may be material to decision on individual applications and appeals.