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Part of my Parliamentary work is to question Ministers on matters of interest to my constituents. You can find the oral questions I have asked, and answers received, here.  I have copied my written questions and responses below.

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12 JAN 2017

Department for Communities and Local Government


To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure pre-commencement conditions do not delay development. (59350)

Tabled on: 10 January 2017

Gavin Barwell MP:

Imposing unnecessary or otherwise unacceptable pre-commencement conditions on a grant of planning permission can result in unnecessary and avoidable delays and costs to the completion of new development. That is why, as part of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, we are pursuing measures to ensure that these conditions do not cause unreasonable delays to the delivery of new homes.

The measures in the Bill are two-fold. First, to require local planning authorities to seek the written agreement of the applicant to the terms of any pre-commencement conditions before granting permission subject to such conditions. Second, we are seeking a power for the Secretary of State to prescribe descriptions of conditions and circumstances when such conditions may not be imposed. These provisions are aimed at ensuring that any planning condition meets the well-established policy tests for conditions as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The answer was submitted on 12 Jan 2017 at 16:50.

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