§ Lord Baker of Dorking
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether their definition of sustainable development for the purposes of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill incorporates provision for social inclusion. [HL893]
§ Lord Rooker
The Government have four objectives for sustainable development in planning that will be set out in the forthcoming consultation draft of PPS 1. They are sustainable economic development; social inclusion; protection of the environment; and prudent use of resources.
Planning authorities should consider how their plans are addressing the four objectives for sustainable development. They should seek to achieve outcomes which enable economic, social and environmental objectives to be achieved together over time.
In relation to the social inclusion objective of sustainable development, planning policies should promote development that builds social inclusive communities, including suitable mixes of housing.
Policies should ensure that the impact of development on the social fabric of communities is considered and taken into account. Planning policies should address accessibility for all to jobs, health, education, shops, leisure and community facilities.
Planning policies should take into account the needs of young people and children and the elderly, as well as disabled people, black and minority ethnic groups, and other disadvantaged groups.