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Quarrying: Planning Permission

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria she uses to assess planning applications on the extraction of aggregates. (185227)

Section 38 (6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 states that

“if regard is to be had to the development plan, for the purpose of any determination to be made under the planning Acts, the determination must be made in accordance with the plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.”

This means that applications will be decided by mineral planning authorities, in accordance with their minerals development plan document, but taking into account other factors, such as Government policy set out in Minerals Policy Statement 1 “Planning and Minerals” and other relevant considerations.