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Housing: Planning

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 43-44WS, on how many occasions in each region the Secretary of State has exercised powers to recover a planning appeal under section 79 of and paragraph 3 of Schedule 6 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 where the main reason for recovery was because the proposal was for a residential development of over 150 units which would have a significant impact on the Government's planning objective on housing supply balance and communities set out in the Statement. (301664)

Planning Inspectors determine the vast majority of planning appeals, which numbered around 20,000 in 2008-09. The following table sets out the number of occasions in each region where appeals have been recovered since 30 June 2008 and the main reason for recovery was because the proposal was for a residential development of over 150 units which would have a significant impact on the Government's objective to secure a better balance between housing demand and supply and create high quality, sustainable, mixed and inclusive communities.

Number

East Midlands

5

East of England

6

London

4

North East

0

North West

2

South East

10

South West

6

West Midlands

2

Yorkshire and Humber

0

Total

35