To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will ensure that, in determining planning applications which come on appeal to the Welsh Office, sufficient consideration is given to the wishes of the local community as expressed by the district council; if he will make it his policy that planning appeals should be upheld only if there is a very strong case either on a point of law or on a failure to implement agreed planning strategy at a local level; and if he will make a statement.
All representations received in respect of a planning appeal are taken into account by my right hon.
Friend and his inspectors. The weight given to the views of a district council will depend on the circumstances of the case.
My right hon. Friend's policy is that each appeal is considered on its merits against the relevant planning policies. He considers that the policy suggestions in the question would be contrary to the aims of the planning legislation.