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Strategic Planning

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many consent applications under section 8 of the Local Government (Interim Provisions) Act 1984 submitted by the Greater London council before 1 February 1984 are still awaiting written consent.

I assume that the hon. Member means 1 February 1985, in which case two applications submitted before that date are outstanding. In both cases further information requested from the GLC is awaited to enable the applications to receive full and proper consideration.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what strategic planning guidance his Department has issued to the Greater London council since 1976 other than in published circulars.

Through its membership of SERPLAN, the GLC will have received, guidance from my right hon. Friend on 7 August 1980 "South East Regional Strategic Guidance", and on 23 March 1984, "M25 and Land Use Planning in the South East".

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what will be the likely administrative costs of the proposed planning system in London in the event of the abolition of the Greater London council; and what are the costs of the present system.

This information is not available. Records are not kept of administration costs at every level of the planning system in London. However, with the abolition of one tier in the system, overall costs are expected to be less than they would otherwise have been for a comparable caseload.