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Agriculture: Planning Permission

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Taylor of Holbeach of 23 February 2010, Official Report, House of Lords, column 290WA, on planning, what the timetable for the review of effectiveness of planning policy guidance on the protection of the best and most versatile farmland is. (323089)

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Planning policy on agricultural land requires local planning authorities to take account of the presence of best and most versatile agricultural land, alongside other sustainability considerations, when determining planning applications. As outlined in the soil strategy, “Safeguarding our Soils1”, DEFRA and the Department for Communities and Local Government are committed to reviewing the weight that should be given to protecting this land from development. It is planned that the findings from this review will be delivered in 2010.

1 Soil Strategy, Safeguarding our Soils:

www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/land/soil/documents/soil-strategy.pdf