HC Deb 23 January 2003 vol 398 cc453-4W
Helen Southworth

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he is taking to ensure that planning of the siting of affordable housing takes into account infrastructure provision with special reference to(a) transport, (b) schooling (c) medical and (d) other local service needs of the residents. [93003]

Mr. McNulty

Planning Policy Guidance Note 3: "Housing" (paragraph 31) advises that in deciding which sites to allocate for housing, local planning authorities should assess their potential and suitability for development having regard to a number of matters such as the capacity of existing and potential infrastructure, including public transport, and social infrastructure (such as schools and hospitals); and the ability to provide sufficient demand to sustain appropriate local services and facilities.