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Planning Permission: Appeals

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what proportion of cases where a local authority lost a planning appeal, the local authority was obliged to meet all the costs of the appeal in financial year 2006-07. (190426)

Information to provide an answer to the precise question is not available. In 2006-07, 362 awards of appeal costs were made against local planning authorities. This figure comprises both full awards, where authorities lost the appeal, and partial awards where authorities did not lose the appeal but were made liable to pay partial costs for one or more aspects of the appeal. No record is available of the proportional breakdown between full and partial awards.

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.