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Planning Permission: Caravan Sites

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals against refusal of planning permission for unauthorised traveller sites were considered by (i) the Secretary of State and (ii) the Planning Inspectorate in each year since 1997; (251866)

(2) with reference to the answer to Lord Avebury of 25 November 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column WA284, on Gypsies and Travellers, how many appeals against refusal of planning permission for authorised traveller sites (a) she and (b) the Planning Inspectorate considered in each year since 1997 for which figures are available; and how many were (i) refused and (ii) upheld.

Information in relation to planning appeals against refusal of planning permission for authorised or unauthorised traveller sites is not held centrally and could only be collated at disproportionate cost.

Data are available on numbers of planning appeals determined by the Secretary of State and the Inspectorate relating to both Gypsies and Travellers with effect from 2002 to 2008 and their outcome. This is shown in calendar years in the following table. Detailed data on Gypsies and Travellers are only available from 2002 with data for Secretary of State appeals only available from 1 April 2002.

Secretary of StatePlanning Inspectorate

Planning Appeals

Appeal upheld (Allowed)

Appeal refused (Dismissed )

Total

Appeal upheld (Allowed)

Appeal refused (Dismissed )

Total

2002

2

2

4

12

36

48

2003

11

38

49

25

31

56

2004

2

42

44

33

44

77

2005

4

35

39

43

65

108

2006

3

11

14

71

26

97

2007

2

8

10

81

36

117

2008

0

4

4

53

44

97

Total

24

140

164

318

282

600