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Homes and Communities Agency: Planning Permission

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria the Homes and Communities Agency will use in deciding whether to invoke its powers to rule on development applications as a local planning authority. (202652)

The Homes and Communities Agency will not decide whether to invoke its powers to rule on development applications as a local planning authority.

In designated areas, local planning powers may be conferred on the Homes and Communities Agency by the Secretary of State. This will be done after consultation with relevant local authorities and local planning authorities. A designation order will specify the particular powers to be conferred on the Agency in any given case.