Urban Regeneration and Countryside Protection Bill - continued        House of Commons

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Assessment of alternative sites for development.     6. Where an application is made to a local planning authority for planning permission for five or more dwellings on undeveloped land, that application-
    (a) shall include an assessment of the availability of alternative sites for the development on previously developed land; and
    (b) shall demonstrate that any capacity identified in the study prepared under section 1 or in the audit prepared under section 2 does not provide a more suitable location.
Effects of development on infrastructure.     7. - (1) Any application to a local planning authority for planning permission for dwellings which is likely to have a significant impact on the existing infrastructure in the relevant area shall be accompanied by an assessment of that impact.
      (2) A local planning authority shall not approve an application for which an assessment has been provided under subsection (1) unless it is satisfied that the existing infrastructure in the relevant area-
    (a) will be able to meet the demands made upon it by the proposed development; or
    (b) is capable of being altered to meet those demands without detriment to the quality of life of existing residents or damage to the natural beauty and amenity of the area.
Availability of documents.     8. Local planning authorities shall make available for inspection by the public, at a reasonable cost, any documents prepared in accordance with the requirements of this Act.
Interpretation.     9. In this Act-
    "infrastructure" includes transport links, water and sewerage facilities, waste disposal facilities and health, education and recreational facilities; and
    "previously developed land" includes-
      (a) land that has been developed by any operation amounting to development or making a material change in its use; and
      (b) both land and buildings.
Financial provision.     10. There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other enactment.
Short title, commencement and extent.     11. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Urban Regeneration and Countryside Protection Act 2000.
      (2) This Act shall come into force at the end of one month beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.
      (3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.
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