Sustainable Communities

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 8th June 2005.

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Photo of John Battle John Battle Labour, Leeds West

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the Royal Institute of British Architects' proposals for Better Neighbourhoods—Designing for Sustainability; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is committed to delivering high quality, well-designed sustainable communities that can offer everyone a decent home that they can afford in a community in which they want to live and work, now and in the future. I welcome the continuing commitment of the Royal Institution of British Architects to this important agenda.

The Government are committed to promoting sustainable forms of new development. Examples include:

utilising public land to demonstrate best practice in sustainable design and construction techniques and mixed tenure through programmes such as English Partnerships' Millennium Communities programme;

Planning Policy Statement 22, which advises on renewable energy, expects local planning authorities to devise policies that promote and encourage the development of renewable energy resources;

Raising building energy performance standards through a review of Part L of the Building Regulations; developing the Code for Sustainable Buildings; and support to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment to provide Enabling advice to all of the 17 Building Schools for the Future Pathfinder and Wave 1 local education authorities.

Decisions on taxation are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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