HL Deb 09 February 2005 vol 669 cc116-7WA
Lord Greaves

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which planning policy guidance (PPG) documents have already been replaced by new planning policy statements (PPS); what is the anticipated timetable for the full replacement by a PPS of each PPG; whether it is intended to produce any additional PPS documents; if so, on what subject; and when. [HL950]

The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker)

The Statement made in the other place by my right honourable friend the Member for Streatham on 17 June 2004 (Official Report, col. 45WS) indicated that priority would be given to replacement of planning policy guidance notes (PPGs) by planning policy statements (PPSs) where it was required for good policy reasons. Progress on replacement of those PPGs identified in the Statement as a priority is tabled below.

PPS Number Subject Consultation draft Publication of revised PPS/PPG
1 Delivering Sustainable Development 23 February 04 1 February 05
PPG3 Housing:
Updates on:
Supporting the delivery of new housing; and 17 July 03 24 January 05
Planning for sustainable communities in rural areas 17 July 03 24 January 05
Planning for mixed communities 24 January 05 Summer 05
PPS Number Subject Consultation draft Publication of revised PPS/PPG
Barker update Spring 05 Autumn 05
4 Economic Development To follow PPS6
6 Town Centres 15 December 03 Spring 05
7 Rural Areas 15 September 03 3 August 04
9 Nature Conservation/Biodiversity 8 September 04 May/June 05
10 Waste Management 6 December 04 Spring/Summer 05
11 Regional Planning 13 October 03 7 September 04
12 Development Plans 13 October 03 7 September 04
22 Renewable Energy 5 November 03 9 August 04
23 Pollution Control February and July 02 3 November 04
24 Planning and Noise Autumn 05

The review and replacement of other PPGs will take place as and when necessary in the light of their policy and strategic significance. In the mean time the current PPG will remain in place.

It is not proposed to produce any additional PPSs at present, although good practice guidance on specific topics may be produced from time to time.