HC Deb 01 December 2003 vol 415 cc2-3W
Mr. Pickthall

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to(a) bring car-boot sales under normal planning permission rules and (b) abolish the 14 day rule. [140684]

Keith Hill

Part 4 of the "Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995" (GPDO) grants a general planning permission for the temporary use of land for up to 28 days in any calendar year, subject to a number of restrictions and conditions, and car boot sales to not more than 14 days in total—in recognition that, in some locations, they may cause problems such as parking, litter and noise. The use of land for car boot sales for greater than 14 days would generally require an application for planning permission.

In January 2002, a consultation paper was issued on whether any changes were desirable to the current temporary use provisions, which include activities such as clay pigeon shooting and motor-sports as well as car boot sales and farmers markets.

The overwhelming consensus in response to the consultation paper was to retain the existing provisions.

Therefore, in the light of responses received, we have no plans to change the temporary use planning provisions in respect of car boot sales or to abolish the 14 day rule as it pertains to them.