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Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 51858, tabled on 20 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what powers local planning authorities have to censure a developer that submits multiple applications for a site that seeks to extend the limits to development which are already settled through restrictive covenants.

Answered on

28 September 2021

Local planning authorities have powers under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to decline to determine multiple applications for a site if they have previously refused permission for substantially similar applications within the past two years. Restrictive covenants are separate to planning laws and ones that exist may generally not be taken into account by a local planning authority when determining a planning application.