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Housing: Planning Permission

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In which local authorities in England there is a moratorium on giving new planning permissions for any additional housing by new building or conversions, other than in exceptional circumstances. [HL865]

Her Majesty's Government are not aware of any local planning authorities where there is a moratorium (that is, a blanket ban) on additional housing, although we are aware that in some areas local planning authorities have introduced local policies or supplementary planning guidance that seek to restrict development in particular circumstances.

Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) Housing, published on 29 November, puts in place a new national policy framework aimed at ensuring that sufficient land is made available to provide for the new homes required to meet growing need and demand. PPS3 makes it clear that local planning authorities and regional planning bodies should work together to determine how many new homes are needed, which takes into account the Government's overall ambitions for affordability across the housing market, including the need to improve affordability and increase housing supply.