asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to make it obligatory for anyone seeking planning permission to develop property that he does not own to obtain the consent of the owner in the case of owner-occupied property or to give 56 days' notice to the owners of all other property prior to submission to the relevant local authority and to institute an initial, and for subsequent similar applications on the same site, a rising scale of charges for applications other than by owner-occupiers for their own property.
No. Section 27 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 requires an applicant to notify all the persons, other than the applicant, who are owners of the land to which the application relates and also any persons who are tenants of any agricultural holding comprised in the land. My right hon. Friend does not propose to introduce legislation to require applicants to secure the consent of such owners or tenants. As for charging for applications, he is considering the matter.