Planning Permission: Advertising

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 20 December 2022.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of local newspapers in advertising planning applications.

Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department is taking steps to increase online (a) advertisement of and (b) engagement in planning applications.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

Local planning authorities are required to publicise certain types of planning applications in local newspapers as set out in Article 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015. Proposals in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill for the digitisation of the planning system will help enable the move to a modern and efficient planning system fit for the 21st century. Alongside traditional forms of engagement, digital engagement will remove barriers to engagement and create a more democratic planning system with planning decisions and local plans being informed by a larger and more diverse range of community views.

The Government recognises the importance of print local newspapers to the communities they serve as an important engagement method.

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