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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will end the practice of allowing repeat planning applications for the same site. (105720)

Local planning authorities have the power to decline to determine a repeat application where it is the same or similar to an application that has been turned down previously and where they believe it is being submitted to wear down opposition to a development proposal. The power can be exercised where a previous application has been called in and refused by the Secretary of State or has been dismissed on appeal and, since 24 August 2005, where there has been no call in or appeal subject to there having been at least two similar applications refused in the past two years.