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Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:11 pm on 29th January 2010.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning) 2:11 pm, 29th January 2010

I shall be extremely brief, because I want the Minister to get through his speech so that the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend Simon Hughes can pass. I just wish to put it on the record that I support the principle of what my hon. Friend is doing. It does not seem at all sensible that section 106 can be used to improve the flowerbeds in a development adjacent to a brand-new building but not to improve the windows to prevent noise from the construction work or to prevent the howling gale that might happen because two tall buildings create a wind tunnel. That does not seem a sensible use of section 106. The Bill would be a helpful change to the law, and I hope that it proceeds to Committee so that it can be considered in detail.

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