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‘Call In' Directions

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

I am today publishing a consultation “Review of ‘Call In’ Directions” which sets out proposals aimed at reducing the number of planning applications automatically referred to Government for consideration of whether they should be ‘called in’ for ministerial decision. In 2006-07, less than 5 per cent. of applications referred were ultimately called in, and we consider that there are some unnecessary burdens placed on local planning authorities and Government offices under the current regime.

It will, of course, still be open to individuals or organisations to request that any application be considered for ‘call in’ by approaching the regional Government office in the first instance.

The consultation documentation and further details about how to respond are available on the Department’s website at:

Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.