asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, bearing in mind their stated policy of encouraging more choice of healthcare providers, they issue planning policy guidance to local planning authorities for the development of new hospitals. [HL77]
There is no specific planning policy guidance on the development of hospitals. Planning Policy Statement 1, issued in 2005, sets out the general principles for the preparation of regional spatial strategies and local development documents. Making proper provision for health and ensuring high design standards of new hospital buildings are fundamental requirements of planning for sustainable development.