Planning: Retail Trade

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 22 April 2024.

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Photo of Tom Hunt Tom Hunt Conservative, Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking steps to reclassify retail as legitimate employment land use as part of the Accelerated Planning Service Consultation.

Photo of Andrew Lewer Andrew Lewer Conservative, Northampton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking steps to reclassify retail as legitimate employment land use as part of the Accelerated Planning Service Consultation.

Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Minister of State (Minister for Housing)

Our proposals for the Accelerated Planning Service do not include the reclassification of any land uses. The Accelerated Planning Service on which the Government is currently consulting is for planning applications for major commercial development which create 1,000 sqm or more of new or additional employment space as defined in planning legislation. This could include retail development. The consultation closes on 1 May 2024 and we will analyse responses and announce our decision in due course.

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