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Housing: Enabling Development

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 20 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the rules and guidelines regarding “enabling development”. [HL5561]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a mechanism which requires the owner of a grade 1 listed building to offer it for sale on the open market before “enabling development” is granted. [HL5562]

Updated guidance for local planning authorities on enabling development was published by English Heritage in 2008. This was based on the policies in Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) Note 15 (Planning and the Historic Environment). Criteria for use in determining applications for enabling development have been incorporated in the draft of a new planning policy statement to replace PPG 15, which is currently subject to consultation. The consultation period ends on 30 October.

There is no absolute requirement to offer a listed building for sale before enabling development can be approved. The guidance advises that it would normally be necessary for an applicant to demonstrate that efforts have been made to find a viable use for the building. While this would normally include market testing of the property, whether marketing was appropriate would depend on the particular circumstances of the application.