Planning: Urban Areas

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th January 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will ensure that the revised National Planning Policy framework will contain a presumption in favour of town centre development.

Photo of Greg Clark Greg Clark The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Decentralisation and Cities) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

We remain committed to the town centre first approach set out in current policy, which we have included in the draft National Planning Policy Framework. Local authorities should recognise town centres as the heart of their communities and the draft Framework makes clear that they should pursue policies to support their viability and vitality. The consultation on the draft Framework has closed now and we are considering all the responses.

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