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Planning: Consultation Papers

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

My honourable friend the Minister for Housing (Yvette Cooper) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

During the Summer Recess, the Government will issue consultation papers on proposals to reduce the Secretary of State’s involvement in casework; streamline the arrangements for tree preservation orders; and transfer a wider range of appeals from the Secretary of State to the Planning Inspectorate. These proposals will take forward commitments made in the White Paper, Planning for a Sustainable Future (Cm 7120). In addition, the Government will issue a consultation paper on a possible amendment to Section 237 of the Town and Country Planning Act, to improve the implementation of regeneration projects by removing an impediment to the use of land once construction has finished. Copies of these papers will be made available in the Libraries of both Houses.