Housing: Planning Permission

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 to ban building of houses in back gardens; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

No. The final Planning Policy Statement 3 published on 29 November gives local authorities greater flexibility around the location and kind of housing in their area and gives them greater flexibility to address concerns around development on garden land in areas where it is a problem. We do not believe a blanket ban is appropriate.

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