asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many planning public inquiries are waiting to be heard; and [HL5960]
How many planning public inquiries were waiting to be heard on 29 October 2007; and [HL5961]
What is the current average time between a planning appeal being received by the planning inspectorate and a public inquiry being held. [HL5962]
The number of planning appeals, made to the Planning Inspectorate, that were waiting to be heard at a public inquiry on 29 October 2007 were 514 and the number that were waiting to be heard at a public inquiry on 29 October 2008 were 448.
Based on planning appeals received by the inspectorate for the first half of the financial year 2008-09, the current average time between the appeal being received and the public inquiry being opened, or a date for the inquiry being arranged, was 26 weeks.