Housing: Planning Permission

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 26th March 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Labour, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the proposed National Planning Policy Framework will enable councils to require fibre to home broadband to be installed on new developments.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published for consultation on 5 March 2018. The framework proposes that councils should put forward planning policies setting out how high quality digital infrastructure is expected to be delivered and upgraded over time, prioritising full fibre connections to existing and new developments. If this is taken forward as part of the finalised NPPF, it will be for councils to determine the scope of their policies.

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