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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to confer upon local authorities the power to control and regulate car boot sales.
The General Development Order 1977 allows the use of land for car boot sales for up to 14 days in total in any calendar year. However, in any particular case a local planning authority may, by the making of a direction under article 4 of the order, withdraw this general permission, and thus bring the activity concerned within normal planning control. For such a direction to remain in force for longer than six months the Secretary of State's approval is required.