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Planning And Compensation Act 1991

Volume 205: debated on Friday 13 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps have been taken to implement the provisions of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 in England and Wales; which provisions are not yet in force; and when it is proposed to implement them.

In the eight months since it received Royal Assent on 25 July 1991, almost all the major provisions of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 have been brought into effect in England and Wales in four commencement orders. The main compensation pro-visions, together with a number of the planning and development control measures, came into operation two months after Royal Assent on 25 September 1991. The Act provided for home loss payments improvements to be backdated to 16 November 1990. The bulk of the enforcement provisions commenced on 2 January 1992, and the new development plans system became operative on 10 February 1992. A direction relating to publicity for, and notification of departures from development plans came into force on 28 February.Where appropriate, advice and policy guidance for local authorities and other agencies, and existing advice, has been brought up to date to reflect the provisions of the 1991 Act as follows:

DOE Circ 14/91August 1991Planning and Compensation Act 1991
DOE Circ 15/91September 1991Land Compensation and Compulsory Purchase.
MPG8September 1991Interim Development Order Permissions (IDOs) Statutory Provisions and Procedures.
DOE Circ 16/91October 1991Planning Obligations.
DOE Circ 23/91December 1991Awards of Costs in Planning Proceedings Following Late Cancellation of an Inquiry or Hearing.
DOE Circ 18/91December 1991New Development Plans System: Transitional Arrangements (England and Wales).
DOE Circ 21/91December 1991Implementation of the Main Enforcement Provisions.
PPG 18December 1991Enforcing Planning Control.
PPG7January 1992The Countryside and the Rural Economy.
PPG 12February 1992Development Plans and Regional Planning Guidance.
MPG9March 1992Interim Development Order Permissions (IDOs) Conditions.
PPG1March 1992General Policy and Principles.
PPG3March 1992Housing.
PPG 19March 1992Outdoor Advertisement Control.
DOE Circ 5/92March 1992Town and Country Planning Control of Advertisement Regulations 1992.

The remaining provisions of the Act are scheduled to take effect in the spring and summer of 1992, within a year of Royal Assent as follows:

  • Remaining provisions on enforcement powers (sections 2, 4 (part) and 10).
  • Remaining provisions on planning obligations (section 12, sections 106A and 106B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990).
  • Demolition of buildings (section 13).
  • Notices etc. of applications for planning permission (section 16).
  • Land of interested planning authorities and development by them (section 20).
  • Simplified planning zones (section 28).