Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2019.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to incorporate the promotion of green infrastructure for (a) newbuilds and (b) estate regeneration into national planning policy guidance.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Environmental protection and enhancement is at the heart of the National Planning Policy Framework, which is a material consideration for all new development and regeneration schemes where planning permission is required. The Framework and its accompanying planning practice guidance provide clear expectations on enhancing the natural environment and providing access to open space, whether through safeguarding existing habitats and facilities or by making new provision where appropriate (including net gains for biodiversity).

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