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Planning Permission

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 214413, tabled on 17 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many recommendations his Department has received from Natural England or English Nature to call in a planning case in each year since 2005; whether or not each case was granted; how much time elapsed in each case between the representation and the Secretary of State's decision whether or not to call in the decision for his determination; and which of those representations related to concerns over the impacts on a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Answered on

25 November 2014

The information requested is as follows, based on the records we hold:

2005 : No requests received.

2006 : One request was received, this was called in (Receipt: 01/03/06; Decision: 14/08/06).

2007 : No requests received.

2008 : No requests received.

2009: One request was received; this related to a Site of Specific Scientific Interest; this was not called-in as the application was refused by the local authority (Receipt: 29/10/09; Decision: 17/11/09).

Jan/Feb 2010: 1 request was received; this was not called-in (Receipt: 20/01/10; Decision: 24/02/10).

2011: 2 requests were received, they were not called-in; this was as the application was refused by the local authority in one case (Receipt: 15/07/11; Decision: 18/08/11); in the other, a local authority and the applicant were able to negotiate an agreement to address the issue in question (Receipt: 18/07/11; Decision: 16/12/11).

2012: No requests received.

2013: No requests received.

2014: No requests received.

It should be noted that the Secretary of State often receives requests to intervene well in advance of the planning application being considered by the local planning authority. Generally the Secretary of State will not consider whether or not to call in an application until the local planning authority has had an opportunity to consider the case itself, and is minded to make a decision. This will affect the length of time between receipt and the decision.