Rural Areas

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon Conservative, Newbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to the report, Give peace a chance, by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, published in May 2015, if he will make it his policy to (a) agree a definition of and (b) produce detailed planning guidance on tranquility.

Photo of James Wharton James Wharton Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Northern Powerhouse)

The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that local planning policies should aim to identify areas of tranquillity which have remained relatively undisturbed by noise and are prized for their recreational and amenity value for this reason. Planning guidance supporting the Framework sets out factors that are likely to be relevant to identifying areas of tranquillity.

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