HC Deb 19 December 1991 vol 201 c227W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he proposes to take in order to encourage local planning authorities to make simplified planning zones on appropriate cases; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Yeo

The Planning and Compensation Act 1991 provides for substantial simplification and streamlining of the procedure for making simplified planning zones—SPZs. Regulations for the detailed implementation of this will be laid before the House in due course.

I have today issued a consultation paper setting out our proposals for such regulations, and for the revision and inclusion in a single document of the Department's guidance to authorities on the making of SPZs.

Authorities have a duty under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to keep under review the desirability of making SPZs for parts of their area.