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Planning Permission

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will end the requirements made by the density targets in Planning Policy Statement 3. (324002)

The density target in Planning Policy Statement 3 is an indicative target rather than a prescriptive one and it allows for flexibility where needed. PPS3 states that local planning authorities may wish to set out a range of densities across the plan area rather than one broad density range although 30 dwellings per hectare net should be used as a national indicative minimum to guide policy development and decision-making, until local density policies are in place. PPS3 goes on to say that where local authorities wish to plan for, or agree to, densities below this minimum, this will need to be justified.