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Planning Appeals

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 9 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what steps have been taken to speed up decision-making procedures on appeal; and what is the longest delay at present in the Welsh Office between the original appeal and the decision;(2) what is the median time for planning appeals using

(a) the public inquiry procedure with the decision reserved

to the Secretary of State, (b) the public inquiry procedure with the decision power devolved to the inspector and (c) the written representation procedure; and how all these times compare with the average two years ago.

The required information is given in the following table. Speedier handling has resulted from the transfer of most appeals to inspectors and from a number of other procedural improvements. Most significant have been the creation of a separate Welsh-based unit of the inspectorate and the introduction of the "Express Appeals" system for accelerating the initital stages of documentation. The longest delays occur on cases recovered by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and dealt with by the written method. Such cases are generally complex and require more time for proper consideration. In 1984 the median time for such cases was 48 weeks.Median times taken to determine appeals under sections 36 and 53 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 in Wales.

1982 Weeks1984 Weeks
Appeals decided by Secretary of StateInquiry method5932
Written method5448
Appeals decided by inspectorInquiry method3330
Written method2521

Note: Median times are derived by ranking all appeals in order of times taken and taking the middle case as being representative of all.