HC Deb 07 December 1998 vol 322 c50W
Mr. Watts

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what controls he envisages to give effect to the land use planning requirements of the COMAH Directive; and if he will make a statement. [62586]

Mr. Caborn

The Government have today issued draft Regulations to implement the land use requirements of Directive 96/82/EC on the Control of Major Accident Hazards.

Amendments are to be made to the Planning Hazardous Substances consents procedures to implement these provisions of the Directive whilst maintaining existing health and safety standards where these differ from the Directive. Changes to the Development Plan Regulations will ensure that local planning authorities take account of the requirements of the Directive when drawing up their development plans.