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Planning Permission

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on minimum density requirements in planning policy.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government has not recently commissioned any research specifically on minimum density requirements in planning policy. Whitehall minimum density requirements were abolished in June 2010 to help councils protect residential neighbourhoods from unwanted ‘garden grabbing’. The draft National Planning Policy Framework asks local planning authorities to set their own approach to housing density to reflect local circumstances. Consultation on the draft framework has now closed and we are now considering all the responses.

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