Aviation: Planning Permission

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th December 2017.

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Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Conservative, Rochester and Strood

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to strengthen planning guidance on aerodromes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The Government has a clear planning policy for airfields set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. It recognises the significant contribution that aviation makes to economic growth and requires local authorities, when preparing their Local Plans, to take account of the role of airfields in meeting business, leisure, training and emergency service needs.

Planning guidance supporting the Framework makes clear to local authorities that they should consider the interconnectivity between airfields of different sizes and that they should have regard to the Aviation Policy Framework.

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