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Local Government: Planning Permission

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures apply to planning applications made to themselves by local planning authorities. (253880)

The procedures dealing with development by local authorities are contained in the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992. The general principle underlying these regulations is that local authorities must make planning applications in the same way as any other person and must follow the same procedures as would apply to applications by others. In particular, the application must be advertised in the same way as any similar application from any other applicant. Such applications cannot be decided by a committee or officer responsible for the management of any land or buildings to which they relate.

Local authority development proposals, like those of other persons applying for planning permission, must be decided in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. They must be notified to the Secretary of State if they are not in accordance with the provisions of the development plan in force in the area, so that she can consider whether to ‘call in’ the application for her own determination.