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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 2nd June 2008

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Planning Bill, As Amended


 

[First Day]


 

New clauses and amendments to Clauses relating to Parts 3 and 4

 

Highways

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Highway-related development is within section 13(1)(g) only if the development

 

is—

 

(a)    

construction of a highway in a case within subsection (2),

 

(b)    

improvement of a highway in a case within subsection (3), or

 

(c)    

alteration of a highway in a case within subsection (4).

 

(2)    

Construction of a highway is within this subsection only if the highway will

 

(when constructed) be wholly in England and—

 

(a)    

the Secretary of State will be the highway authority for the highway, or

 

(b)    

the highway is to be constructed for a purpose connected with a highway

 

for which the Secretary of State is (or will be) the highway authority.

 

(3)    

Improvement of a highway is within this subsection only if—

 

(a)    

the highway is wholly in England,

 

(b)    

the Secretary of State is the highway authority for the highway, and

 

(c)    

the improvement is likely to have a significant effect on the environment.

 

(4)    

Alteration of a highway is within this subsection only if—

 

(a)    

the highway is wholly in England,

 

(b)    

the alteration is to be carried out by or on behalf of the Secretary of State,

 

and

 

(c)    

the highway is to be altered for a purpose connected with a highway for

 

which the Secretary of State is (or will be) the highway authority.’.

 



 
 

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Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Railways

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Construction of a railway is within section 13(1)(j) only if—

 

(a)    

the railway will (when constructed) be wholly in England,

 

(b)    

the railway will (when constructed) be part of a network operated by an

 

approved operator, and

 

(c)    

the construction of the railway is not permitted development.

 

(2)    

Alteration of a railway is within section 13(1)(j) only if—

 

(a)    

the part of the railway to be altered is wholly in England,

 

(b)    

the railway is part of a network operated by an approved operator, and

 

(c)    

the alteration of the railway is not permitted development.

 

(3)    

Construction or alteration of a railway is not within section 13(1)(j) to the extent

 

that the railway forms part (or will when constructed form part) of a rail freight

 

interchange.

 

(4)    

“Approved operator” means a person who meets the conditions in subsections (5)

 

and (6).

 

(5)    

The condition is that the person must be—

 

(a)    

a person who is authorised to be the operator of a network by a licence

 

granted under section 8 of the Railways Act 1993 (licences for operation

 

of railway assets), or

 

(b)    

a wholly-owned subsidiary of a company which is such a person.

 

(6)    

The condition is that the person is designated, or is of a description designated, in

 

an order made by the Secretary of State.

 

(7)    

In this section—

 

“network” has the meaning given by section 83(1) of the Railways Act

 

1993;

 

“permitted development” means development in relation to which planning

 

permission is granted by article 3 of the Town and Country Planning

 

(General Permitted Development) Order 1995;

 

“wholly-owned subsidiary” has the same meaning as in the Companies Act

 

2006 (see section 1159 of that Act).

 

(8)    

The reference in subsection (7) to the Town and Country Planning (General

 

Permitted Development) Order 1995 is to that Order as it has effect immediately

 

before the day on which this section comes fully into force.’.

 


 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  77

 

Page  7,  line  14  [Clause  13],  leave out ‘the construction or alteration of an airport’

 

and insert ‘airport-related development’.


 
 

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Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  78

 

Page  7,  line  16  [Clause  13],  after ‘construction’, insert ‘or alteration’.

 


 

Lembit Öpik

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Mark Williams

 

Negatived on division  325

 

Page  8,  line  12  [Clause  14],  leave out ‘or Wales’.

 


 

Jim Sheridan

 

Not called  315

 

Page  11,  line  10  [Clause  19],  after ‘authorisation)’, insert ‘or a pipe-line laid by a

 

gas transporter holding a licence pursuant to section 91(a) of the Gas Act 1986 and which

 

requires consent under regulation 14 of the Public Gas Transporter Pipe-line Works

 

(Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  79

 

Page  11,  line  41,  leave out Clause 20.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  331

 

Page  12,  line  18  [Clause  20],  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  332

 

Page  12,  line  23  [Clause  20],  leave out paragraph (d).

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  333

 

Page  12,  line  30  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘trunk road or’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  334

 

Page  12,  line  32  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘trunk road or’.


 
 

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Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  335

 

Page  12,  line  37  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘trunk road or’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  336

 

Page  12,  line  38  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘trunk road or’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  337

 

Page  12,  line  41  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘cycle track’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Tom Brake

 

Not called  338

 

Page  12,  line  42  [Clause  20],  leave out ‘footpath’.

 


 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  80

 

Page  13,  line  1  [Clause  21],  at end insert—

 

‘(A1)    

Airport-related development is within section 13(1)(h) only if the development

 

is—

 

(a)    

the construction of an airport in a case within subsection (1),

 

(b)    

the alteration of an airport in a case within subsection (3), or

 

(c)    

an increase in the permitted use of an airport in a case within subsection

 

(5A).’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  81

 

Page  13,  line  2  [Clause  21],  leave out ‘The construction of an airport is within

 

section 13(1)(h)’ and insert ‘Construction of an airport is within this subsection’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  82

 

Page  13,  line  12  [Clause  21],  leave out ‘An alteration of an airport is within section

 

13(1)(h)’ and insert ‘Alteration of an airport is within this subsection’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  83

 

Page  13,  line  26  [Clause  21],  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

An increase in the permitted use of an airport is within this subsection only if—

 

(a)    

the airport is in England or in English waters, and

 

(b)    

the increase is within subsection (5B).

 

(5B)    

An increase is within this subsection if—


 
 

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Planning Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

it is an increase of at least 10 million per year in the number of passengers

 

for whom the airport is permitted to provide air passenger transport

 

services, or

 

(b)    

it is an increase of at least 10,000 per year in the number of air transport

 

movements of cargo aircraft for which the airport is permitted to provide

 

air cargo transport services.’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  84

 

Page  13,  line  38  [Clause  21],  at end insert—

 

‘“permitted” means permitted by planning permission or development

 

consent.”’.

 


 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  85

 

Page  15,  line  4,  leave out Clause 23.

 


 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  86

 

Page  18,  line  19  [Clause  30],  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

an increase in the permitted use of an airport is treated as a material

 

change in the use of the airport.’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  87

 

Page  18,  line  40  [Clause  30],  at end insert—

 

‘“permitted” means permitted by planning permission or development

 

consent;’.

 


 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  88

 

Page  19  [Clause  31],  leave out lines 11 and 12.

 

Jim Sheridan

 

Not called  316

 

Page  19,  line  32  [Clause  31],  at end insert—

 

‘(l)    

consent under regulation 14 of the Public Gas Transporter Pipe-line

 

Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999.’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  89

 

Page  19,  line  33  [Clause  31],  leave out from second ‘development’ to end of line

 

34 and insert ‘, the development may not be authorised by any of the following—’.


 
 

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Planning Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  90

 

Page  19,  line  42  [Clause  31],  leave out ‘of a proposed’ and insert ‘, improvement or

 

alteration of a’.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  91

 

Page  19,  line  43  [Clause  31],  leave out from ‘made’ to end of line 44 and insert ‘or

 

confirmed in relation to the highway or in connection with the construction, improvement

 

or alteration of the highway—’.

 


 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Agreed to  92

 

Page  20,  line  34  [Clause  33],  at end insert ‘, either by itself or when considered

 

with one or more other projects or proposed projects in one or more of the fields specified

 

in subsection (2)’.

 


 

New Clauses and amendments to clauses relating to Part 7

 

Land to which authorisation of compulsory acquisition can relate

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC15

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

An order granting development consent may include provision authorising the

 

compulsory acquisition of land only if the decision-maker is satisfied that one of

 

the conditions in subsections (2) to (4) is met.

 

(2)    

The condition is that the application for the order included a request for

 

compulsory acquisition of the land to be authorised.

 

(3)    

The condition is that all persons with an interest in the land consent to the

 

inclusion of the provision.

 

(4)    

The condition is that the prescribed procedure has been followed in relation to the

 

land.’.

 


 

Rights in connection with underground gas storage facilities

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC17

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies if—


 
 

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Planning Bill, continued

 
 

(a)    

the development to which an order granting development consent relates

 

is development within section 13(1)(c), and

 

(b)    

the order authorises the compulsory acquisition of one or more rights

 

within subsection (2).

 

(2)    

The rights are—

 

(a)    

a right to store gas in underground gas storage facilities;

 

(b)    

a right to stop up a well, borehole or shaft, or prevent its use by another

 

person;

 

(c)    

a right of way over land.

 

(3)    

If the right within subsection (2) is an existing right to store gas in underground

 

gas storage facilities, this Act has effect in relation to the compulsory acquisition

 

of the right with the omission of section 118.

 

(4)    

If the order authorises the compulsory acquisition of the right by the creation of

 

a new right within subsection (2), this Act has effect in relation to the compulsory

 

acquisition of the right with the omission of sections 114 to 119.’.

 


 

Public rights of way: statutory undertakers’ apparatus etc.

 

Secretary Hazel Blears

 

Added  NC18

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The following provisions of this section apply if—

 

(a)    

an order granting development consent makes provision for the

 

acquisition of land, compulsorily or by agreement,

 

(b)    

a public right of way exists over the land,

 

(c)    

the right of way is not a right enjoyable by vehicular traffic, and

 

(d)    

the right of way is over land falling within subsection (2).

 

(2)    

Land falls within this subsection if it is land on, over or under which there is—

 

(a)    

apparatus belonging to statutory undertakers, or

 

(b)    

electronic communications apparatus kept installed for the purposes of

 

an electronic communications code network.

 

(3)    

The order granting development consent may include provision for the right of

 

way to be extinguished only if the undertakers or the operator of the network (as

 

the case may be) consent to the inclusion of the provision.

 

(4)    

The consent referred to in subsection (3)—

 

(a)    

may be given subject to the condition that there are included in the order

 

such provisions for the protection of the undertakers or the operator (as

 

the case may be) as they may reasonably require, and

 

(b)    

must not be unreasonably withheld.

 

(5)    

Any question arising under subsection (4) whether any requirement or refusal is

 

reasonable is to be determined by the Secretary of State.

 

(6)    

The question of which Secretary of State should make a determination under

 

subsection (5) is to be determined by the Treasury, if it arises.

 

(7)    

In this section and section [Extinguishment of rights, and removal of apparatus,

 

of statutory undertakers etc.] “statutory undertakers” means persons who are, or

 

are deemed to be, statutory undertakers for the purposes of any provision of Part

 

11 of TCPA 1990.


 
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