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Planning (Bedfordshire)

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

The Petition of the campaign for a sustainable Harlington,

Declares their opposition to proposals to destroy the green belt around Harlington by building a stadium and a large industrial/commercial development on land adjacent to Junction 12 of the M1. Luton Town Football Club and the Council should find a suitable urban site for a new stadium within the boundaries of Luton.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take steps to preserve the green belt around Harlington.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mrs. Nadine Dorries, Official Report, 20 February 2008; Vol. 472, c. 486 .] [P000120]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is aware that a planning application has been submitted to South Bedfordshire District Council in respect of the above development. She is advised that the application was registered on 27th February.

The determination of planning applications is primarily the responsibility of the District Council as local planning authority, and the Secretary of State cannot comment on the merits or otherwise of any application, or prospective application.

Decisions on planning applications are required to be in accordance with the adopted development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The Government's statements of national planning policy, such as Planning Policy Guidance 2 "Green Belts", are material considerations which must be taken into account, where relevant, in planning decisions, but it is the responsibility of the local planning authority to identify and weigh up all the different issues, in the context of the specific local circumstances, having regard to the; views of local residents and other interested parties.

The Secretary of State may decide to call-in an application for her own determination where she considers that it raises issues of more than local importance, but her policy is to be very selective about this. As it is possible that the instant proposal may, at some future date come within her jurisdiction, it would be inappropriate to comment on the matter raised in the petition.

The Petition of the campaign for a sustainable Toddington,

Declares their opposition to proposals to destroy the green belt around Toddington by building a stadium and a large industrial/commercial development on land adjacent to Junction 12 of the M1. Luton Town Football Club and the Council should find a suitable urban site for a new stadium within the boundaries of Luton.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take steps to preserve the green belt around Toddington.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mrs. Nadine Dorries, Official Report, 20 February 2008; Vol. 472, c. 486 .] [P000123]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is aware that a planning application has been submitted to South Bedfordshire District Council in respect of the above development. She is advised that the application was registered on 27th February.

The determination of planning applications is primarily the responsibility of the District Council as local planning authority, and the Secretary of State cannot comment on the merits or otherwise of any application, or prospective application.

Decisions on planning applications are required to be in accordance with the adopted development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The Government's statements of national planning policy, such as Planning Policy Guidance 2 “Green Belts”, are material considerations which must be taken into account, where relevant, in planning decisions, but it is the responsibility of the local planning authority to identify and weigh up all the different issues, in the context of the specific local circumstances, having regard to the views of local residents and other interested parties.

The Secretary of State may decide to call-in an application for her own determination where she considers that it raises issues of more than local importance, but her policy is to be very selective about this. As it is possible that the instant proposal may, at some future date come within her jurisdiction, it would be inappropriate to comment on the matter raised in the petition.