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Housing: National Distribution Networks

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 25 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will introduce a planning category for low-impact, low-density housing that is not connected to national distribution networks for water and electricity. [HL4929]

Planning policy statement (PPS) 3, Housing, requires local planning authorities to identify specific sites that will deliver their housing numbers. These sites should reflect clear and informed strategies for the location of housing development in both urban and rural areas. In assessing what sites are suitable for inclusion in their plans, local planning authorities need to consider the current and future level and capacity of infrastructure—including the existing and future capacity of utility operations such as water and electricity—to support the proposed distribution of development.

In addition, local planning authorities should encourage applicants to bring forward sustainable and environmentally friendly new housing development, and consider locations for housing where it can readily and viably draw its energy supply from decentralised energy supply systems based on renewable and low-carbon forms of energy supply, or where there is clear potential for this to be realised.

The draft PPS on climate change, on which we consulted earlier this year, provides more detailed guidance on how planning authorities are expected to help to secure development with much lower carbon emissions.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many planning applications for housing that is not connected to national distribution networks for water and electricity were submitted in the last two years; and how many of those applications were (a) approved without an appeal; (b) approved following an appeal; and (c) rejected. [HL4932]

The information requested is not held centrally. Communities and Local Government collects quarterly aggregate statistics on development control from all local planning authorities in England. However, we do not collect data on individual planning applications.