§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what guidance, in the form of planning circulars his Department, is giving to local planning authorities in relation to the provision of low-cost housing;
(2) what guidance in the form of planning circulars his Department gives to local planning authorities in relation to starter homes;
(3) what guidance in the form of planning circulars his Department gives to local planning authorities in relation to increasing the provision of housing for (a) the elderly, (b) the disabled and (c) single persons.
§ Mr. Chope
The Department has issued no planning guidance dealing specifically with these matters. But within our general guidance on land for housing, contained in planning policy guidance note 3 and circular 15/84, we emphasise that development plans will need to take account of the varied types of housing requirement met by the private sector such as those of single persons, small households and the elderly. We stress also the importance we attach to the provision of low-cost starter homes.