Lighting: Pollution

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Robert Key Robert Key Conservative, Salisbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will consult on draft guidance on light pollution; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Policy responsibility for statutory nuisance from artificial light rests with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Planning controls which provide an important mechanism for limiting the effects of light pollution are the responsibility of Communities and Local Government. This means that the two Departments work closely together on this subject and are currently collaborating on the preparation of planning guidance for local planning authorities on light pollution covering both planning and pollution aspects. We will consult on this draft as soon as possible.

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