Garden Communities: Construction

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th January 2017.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Conservative, Welwyn Hatfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to allow proposed new garden cities, towns and villages to go ahead on the sites of (a) airfields, (b) playing fields and (c) other community spaces.

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)

The principles set out in the National Planning Policy Framework(NPPF) on the location of development in general apply equally to garden cities, towns and villages. The announcement of government support for a garden city, town or village does not in any way pre-judge the planning process. We would expect local authorities to work within the context of the NPPF and of policies set out in their Local Plan, and also ensure that the usual opportunities for interested individuals and groups to engage with these proposals and make representations are provided.

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