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Out-of-town Supermarkets

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

25. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account the planning guidance issued by his Department takes of the effect on town centres of the location of out-of-town supermarkets. (304621)

Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS6) requires a sequential approach to site selection to ensure that the most central sites are considered first. It also requires local authorities to consider whether unplanned edge or out-of-centre proposals will result in any unacceptable impacts on existing centres. PPS6 will soon be replaced with Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for prosperous economies (PPS4) which will strengthen the approach to assessing the impact of development proposals for town centre uses.