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Planning Advice

Volume 204: debated on Friday 21 February 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will now bring forward regulations under section 150 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to enable local authorities to recover their costs in providing pre-planning application advice and other related services.

The Department encourages local authorities to discuss development proposals with applicants before a planning application is submitted. The implications of the recent judgment of the House of Lords that local authorities may not charge for this service are being studied.