Property Development

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the merits of the proximity principle in planning and building new housing developments; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

holding answer 7 July 2008

The Department for Communities and Local Government has received the Campaign to Protect Rural England's report "The Proximity Principle: why we are living too far apart" published in May.

Many of the issues discussed in the report, such as prioritising the use of suitable brownfield land and making the most efficient and effective use of that land, are already set out in the Government's Housing Green Paper, "Homes for the future:more affordable, more sustainable", and Planning Policy Statement 3 Housing (PPS3). PPS3 sets out that homes should be delivered to a high quality, in suitable locations, with good accessibility to jobs, key services and infrastructure, which will contribute to sustainable communities.

The report also comments on eco-towns. We are currently consulting on eco-towns and the first stage of the consultation, which closed on 30 June, looked at potential locations of eco-towns and how they might be delivered. In due course we will provide a statement on the responses received. We will also draw on these responses, and look at the findings in this report to inform the second stage of consultation on the draft Sustainability Appraisal and draft planning policy statement.

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