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Urban Regeneration and Countryside Protection Bill




Require local planning authorities to undertake urban capacity studies and to publish audits of derelict, vacant, under-used and under-utilised buildings and land; to place a duty on public bodies to maximise the use of previously developed buildings and land; to impose new requirements in respect of planning applications for housing development on undeveloped land or for housing development likely to have a significant impact on existing infrastructure; and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Urban capacity studies.     1. - (1) Within one year of this Act coming into force, each local planning authority shall prepare for their area a study of the capacity of previously developed urban land to accommodate new development (an "urban capacity study").
      (2) Such authorities shall revise their urban capacity studies from time to time.
Audits of buildings and land.     2. - (1) Each local planning authority shall, at least once in any 12-month period, prepare and publish an audit of derelict, vacant, under-used and under-utilised buildings and land in their area.
      (2) Details of the ownership of buildings and land identified in the audit shall be published as part of the audit.
Use of urban capacity studies and audits.     3. - (1) Local planning authorities shall have regard to the study prepared under section 1 and the audit prepared under section 2 when-
    (a) preparing a development plan for their area; or
    (b) making a determination on any planning application for housing development on undeveloped land.
      (2) In carrying out their functions under subsection (1)(a) and (b), authorities shall seek to maximise the use of previously developed land identified in urban capacity studies and buildings and land included in audits under section 2.
Guidance.     4. The Secretary of State and the National Assembly for Wales shall issue guidance to local planning authorities on the discharge of their responsibilities under sections 1 and 2.
Duty to maximise use of previously developed land.     5. In the exercise of their functions relating to or affecting the use of land and buildings, government departments, local planning authorities and other public bodies shall seek to maximise the use of previously developed land.
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