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Planning Permission: Appeals

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals to the planning inspectorate led to the local planning authority paying costs in each region in England in each of the last five years; and what costs were paid in each case. (181862)

[holding answer 24 January 2008]: Over the last 5 years 1,663 appeals led to local planning authorities being liable to pay costs, following awards made against them by inspectors and the Secretary of State.

The breakdown by financial year is:

Number

2002-03

307

2003-04

352

2004-05

338

2005-06

304

2006-07

362

No further detail of authorities by regions is readily available.

The actual amount to be paid is not determined by a costs award. This is for the parties to settle by negotiation initially in accordance with longstanding Government guidance contained in DOE Circular 8/93. Accordingly, no records are available of costs paid in each case.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning inspectorate site visits had not taken place 12 months after the date an appeal was lodged in each of the last five years. (181863)

[holding answer 24 January 2008]: The following table shows the numbers of planning appeals lodged (received) in England and determined by the Planning Inspectorate for the five-year period 2002 to 2006, where a site visit was carried out, together with the number of appeals where a site visit had not taken place 12 months after the appeal was lodged.

Appeals lodged where a site visit was carried out

Number of site visits not taken place 12 months after appeal lodged

2002

12,150

10

2003

14,192

18

2004

17,786

66

2005

15,329

77

2006

17,200

26

Note: Data for 2007 has not been included as a proportion of the appeals lodged in that year are still to be allocated site visits and the period of a year from receipt has only been reached for those appeals lodged in January 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals were (a) lodged with the planning inspectorate and (b) successful in each region of England in each of the last five years. (181864)

[holding answer 24 January 2008]: The following table provides the information requested.

Received

Decided

Allowed

2003

East Midlands

1,252

1,080

339

East of England

2,653

2,309

740

London

3,912

3,407

1,199

North East

516

478

178

North West

1,672

1,473

566

South East

4,995

4,419

1,435

South West

2,805

2,392

775

West Midlands

1,509

1,347

460

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,279

1,164

359

Total

20,593

18,069

6,051

2004

East Midlands

1,700

1,112

354

East of England

3,128

2,048

625

London

4,365

2,874

1,007

North East

741

465

167

North West

2,282

1,481

554

South East

5,988

3,868

1,320

South West

3,301

2,295

745

West Midlands

1,981

1,331

456

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,650

1,034

355

Total

25,136

16,508

5,583

2005

East Midlands

1,399

1,500

461

East of England

2,560

2,783

850

London

3,634

3,872

1,415

North East

525

692

239

North West

1,630

1,897

660

South East

4,993

5,336

1,784

South West

2,957

3,054

971

West Midlands

1,697

1,759

614

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,372

1,476

440

Total

20,767

22,369

7,434

2006

East Midlands

1,438

1,270

425

East of England

3,007

2,596

851

London

4,148

3,510

1,319

North East

587

466

185

North West

1,618

1,463

542

South East

5,473

4,712

1,525

South West

3,088

2,735

849

West Midlands

1,846

1,609

588

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,850

1,493

468

Total

23,055

19,854

6,752

2007

East Midlands

1,357

1,278

472

East of England

2,790

2,712

922

London

3,878

3,724

1,410

North East

577

590

220

North West

1,514

1,446

549

South East

5,294

4,854

1,714

South West

2,907

2,685

867

West Midlands

1,544

1,545

575

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,769

1,702

602

Total

21,630

20,536

7,331