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Car Boot Sale (Catchpenny Farm)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

The Petition of concerned members of the public,

Declares that the mid-weekly car boot sale and market at Catchpenny Farm, near Fitzwilliam has, for the moment, ceased. The Petitioners believe that this mid-weekly market has been beneficial to the local economy, contributes to strengthening the community and is highly popular. The Petitioners further expect, since they pay their Council Tax to Wakefield MDC, that this Council exists to promote economic development and community well-being and therefore will wish to restore the weekly car boot sale and market.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to do all in its power to co-operate with Wakefield MDC in order to reinstate a mid-weekly car boot sale and market such as the one formerly held at Catchpenny Farm near Fitzwilliam.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Jon Trickett, Official Report, 10 June 2008; Vol. 477, c. 280.] [P000211]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, received 31 July 2008:

The Secretary of State acknowledges the concerns of the petitioners in relation to the cessation of the Catchpenny Farm car boot sale and market.

It is understood that the car boot sale and market at Catchpenny Farm, Fitzwilliam, ceased following action taken by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council through the Courts to secure an injunction against the operator.

Primary responsibility for the day to day administration of planning control rightly rests with the local planning authority for an area. Local planning authorities are best placed to carry out what is in their view proper planning for their areas. They have a wide range of discretionary enforcement powers to enable them to deal with unauthorised development and can, if they feel an unauthorised development is unacceptable, take enforcement action against those concerned. They can also take action in the Courts under section 187B of the Town and Country Planning Act where they consider it expedient for any actual or apprehended breaches of planning control to be restricted.

It is for the local authority concerned to determine whether Civil or enforcement action should be taken in any particular case and, if so, the type of action appropriate, taking account of local circumstances. These are not matters in which the Secretary of State would become involved, unless an appeal is made against an enforcement notice issued by a local planning authority. It would not therefore be appropriate for the Secretary of State to offer any comments or observations on the propositions raised by this petition.