§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why they have not yet amended the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (S.I. 1987/764) (as amended), as announced by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning Mr Keith Hill on 27 November 2003, so as to prevent the conversion of other types of premises into night clubs without planning permission; whether they will estimate the number of premises so converted since the announcement was made; and when they now plan to table the necessary amending order. [HL487]
§ Lord Rooker
The amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (the UCO) will take the form of two Statutory Instruments, one amending the UCO itself; the other amending the General Permitted Development Order.
Due to the complex nature of the changes to the statutory instruments, the draft statutory instruments and supporting guidance (in the form of a circular instruction) have needed careful drafting and consultation with planning practitioners to ensure they are legally sound and practical. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be tabling the amending orders in January 2005.
Information about the number of specific types of changes of use is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.