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Travelling People: Caravan Sites

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1155W, on planning permission: caravan sites, (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department’s ruling made in respect of each of the 24 Traveller appeals which she upheld; (276962)

(2) what the planning appeal reference number for each of the 318 Traveller appeals upheld by the Planning Inspectorate was.

Copies of 16 decision letters, with the decisions made by the Secretary of State on 22 out of 23 planning appeals indicated on the table, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1155W, have been placed in the Library. Three of the letters supplied relate to linked cases involving the Secretary of State decisions.

One appeal decision made in April 2002 has not been recoverable in the time available. One appeal decision previously listed as having been decided by the Secretary of State has subsequently been discovered as having in fact been determined by the Planning Inspectorate.

A table has also been placed in the Library containing a list of the planning appeal reference numbers together with local planning authority, date of decision, site address (where known) and description of development for appeals upheld by the Planning Inspectorate as indicated on the table pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1155W. As mentioned above an additional appeal, counted previously as being determined by the Secretary of State, has been added to the inspectorate’s list which now totals 319.