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Exmoor National Park

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many pre-planning applications were received per parish in the Exmoor National Park in the last three years; (295264)

(2) how many pre-planning applications were submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park in each year since 2005-06;

(3) how many pre-planning applications submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park were subject to delegated powers in the last three years for which figures are available;

(4) how many of the pre-planning applications submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park resulted in full planning submissions in the last three years;

(5) how many pre-planning applications submitted to the Committee of the Exmoor National Park in the last three years involved a visit by a planning officer;

(6) how many pre-planning applications submitted to the committee of the Exmoor National Park in the last three years were contested.

The Town and Country Planning Act provisions do not include a category of 'pre-planning application' and therefore it is not clear exactly what information is required. My Department has made Exmoor National Park Authority aware of the above questions and it would be happy to provide further information if the hon. Member for Bridgwater would contact it directly with clarification.