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Planning Inquiries

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list public planning inquiries in each of the last five years which took evidence for more than five weeks; how soon after the inquiry the inspector made his report to the Secretary of State in each case; and how long it took the Secretary of State to reach a decision in each case. [112356]

The following table lists called-in planning applications and recovered appeals inquiries which began and sat for 20 or more days (equivalent to five weeks as inquiries do not normally sit on Mondays) in the period from 1 April 1998 to 31 March 2003 (it therefore does not include Heathrow Terminal 5). The cases, with the exception of Thameslink 2000, do not include Transport and Works Act cases (some of which include linked planning cases) as these are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh Central.The rules for planning appeals, which came into effect in August 2000, introduced the requirement for the appellant and local planning authority to prepare jointly

a statement of common ground. The purpose of this document is to set out the agreed factual information about the proposal in advance of the inquiry, and so reduce the time taken on this when the inquiry opens.

SiteInquiry duration (days)Start of inquiryClose of inquiryReport sent to Secretary of StateDate of decision
Shellhaven, Thurrock125 February 2003
Withdean Stadium, Brighton118 February 2003
MSAs M3,M4,M2515 November 2002
MS As Ml, Leeds, Harrogate, Selby18 October 2002
Alconbury Airfield, Huntingdon4322 May 200116 October 200128 March 2003
Castlegate, York3015 January 20029 August 20026 February 2003
Finningley Airport, Doncaster5825 September 200113 March 200219 September 20023 April 2003
Cable Street, Liverpool2406 November 200122 February 20022 July 20025 September 2002
MTL site Liveipool2406 November 200122 February 200211 April 200230 May 2002
Adj M5, Tewkesbury206 November 200111 December 200115 May 200216 August 2002
Heron Tower, Bishopsgate, London EC32123 October 20015 December 200130 April 200222 July 2002
Thingwall Hall, Knowsley2222 August 200029 January 20016 March 20029 September 2002
Fulcrum and former Castle Donington Power Station2813 February 20016 April 20011 October 200128 February 2002
MSAs M42, Solihull33830 November 199916 June 200017 October 20006 March 2001
Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage2111 April 200022 May 200020 September 200023 November 2000
Flowers Brewery site, Cheltenham4028 September 199915 December 19999 July 200012 September 2000
Xanadu development, Wigan261 September 19999 March 200016 August 200020 August 2001
Waterside Park, Tameside246 July 199917 December 199916 May 200030 November 2000
Lamberhurst Farm, Faversham213 February 199910 March 19993 August 199930 August 2001
Otterburn Training Camp2623 March 199927 May 199919 October 19994 October 2001
Aldbough, East Riding2516 February 199928 April 19995 October 199917 February 2002
TWA Thameslink 200049227 June 200016 May 200110 January 200229 January 2003
1 Inquiries that have started and are estimated to sit for more than 20 days.
2 These two inquiries ran concurrently although they related to different sites in Liverpool and the Inspector's report and the decision were issued separately.
3 The inquiry covered three recovered appeals concerning MSAs on the M42—a decision on 6 March 2001 refused two and was minded to grant the remaining one. A final decision has yet to be made.
4 Determined by the First Secretary of State for propriety reasons. Interim decision issued.