asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 4 December (WA 103), what has been the cause of the delay in developing guidance on the avoidance of light pollution, following the announcement made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2004; and by what date during 2007 the draft annex to Planning Policy Statement 23 will be published. [HL697]
The development of guidance on light pollution has had to be accommodated alongside other changes to the planning system including the review of land use planning by Kate Barker in December 2006.
The aim is to consult on a draft in summer 2007, taking into account the recommendations of the Barker review about the need to reduce the range of planning policy guidance.