Town Centres

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Manchester, Blackley

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister

(1) when he intends to publish the final version of PPS6;

(2) how many responses have been received to the consultation paper Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 6: Planning for Town Centres; and if he will list them;

(3) how many organisations and individuals were invited to respond to Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 6: Planning for Town Centres; and if he will list them.

Photo of Keith Hill Keith Hill Minister of State (Housing and Planning), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Draft PPS6: Planning for Town Centres was published on 15 December 2003, was launched by my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, was widely publicised, put on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website and some 500 copies were sent to a standard list of consultees, including all local authorities, relevant professional and trade bodies, plus investors, developers, retailers, leisure operators and environmental groups—in line with the guidelines on consultation at that time. The consultation closed on 15 March 2004.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received 384 responses to date, which officials are currently analysing. All responses, except those where the respondent did not agree to their response being made public, will be made available in the library of the House, consistent with normal practice, when the final version of PPS6 is published in the autumn.

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