Planning

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of existing residents' right to privacy in assessing planning applications for new developments.

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

The degree of potential overlooking of existing homes from proposed development can be a material consideration when a planning application is being assessed. It is for the local planning authority to decide, on a case by case basis, whether to grant or refuse planning permission, and whether neighbour privacy could be protected by conditions imposed on any permission granted.

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