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Planning Permission: Visual Arts

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 180930, tabled on 14 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of requiring planning permission from local authorities before large public artwork can be installed.

Answered on

23 April 2021

Any large outdoor public artwork, such as a sculpture or statue, which is installed on a permanent or long term temporary basis is likely to require planning permission. Public consultation will be required as part of the planning application process. Local planning authorities also have a range of enforcement powers available to them to address the instalment of public artworks which do not have planning permission.