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Planning Permission: Gloucestershire

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the planning application for Hunts Grove was called in by her Department; which persons supported call-in; what the cost of this further inquiry was; and if she will make a statement. (212306)

The application for development at Hunts Grove was called in by the Secretary of State because she considered that the proposal may conflict with national policies on important matters in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing [PPS3]. She also wished to be sure of the extent to which the proposed development accords with the current and draft Regional Spatial Strategy, the adopted Gloucestershire Structure Plan; and the Stroud Local Plan. A letter sent to Stroud district council explained these reasons more fully. I understand that a copy of this letter was sent to my hon. Friend by my noble Friend Baroness Andrews, but I will ensure that a further copy is provided.

Requests to “call in” the proposal were received from Gloucester city council, two interested parties, my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester and my hon. Friend.

The overall cost of the inquiry is not known. Stroud district council would have provided the venue and borne the cost of their legal and other representatives both before and during the inquiry. In this type of inquiry the Planning Inspector's costs are not recharged to the council but are borne by the Planning Inspectorate which is an agency of the Secretary of State's Department.