Planning
Communities and Local Government

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Bill Wiggin (Whip, Whips; Leominster, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many requests in each region he has received for planning applications to be called in (a) under an article 14 declaration and (b) under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in each of the last 10 years; how many of those have been called in; and if he will make a statement.

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Ian Austin (Minister of State (the West Midlands), Regional Affairs; Dudley North, Labour)

The following tables show, by region, the annual number of third party requests for planning applications to be called-in; the number of planning applications referred under section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA); the number of applications called-in; and the number of article 14 directions issued. Figures before 2002 have been excluded due to potential data inaccuracies.

The power to call-in any planning application is provided solely by section 77 of the TCPA. An article 14 direction simply prevents a local planning authority from granting permission for a specific proposal.

South W est region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 6 84 1 7
2008 8 82 5 8
2007 8 75 2 5
2006 33 132 13 11
2005 34 166 14 28
2004 20 184 14 24
2003 5 172 18 32
2002 8 146 7 18
South East region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 21 128 3 4
2008 12 146 6 2
2007 20 171 8 10
2006 17 183 8 8
2005 17 211 18 35
2004 6 178 11 6
2003 19 252 20 40
2002 8 199 19 34
East region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 15 65 5 4
2008 43 119 42 8
2007 0 77 5 9
2006 1 92 5 4
2005 1 124 6 21
2004 2 116 2 16
2003 3 169 6 29
2002 9 133 7 27
North East region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 9 58 0 5
2008 15 62 2 4
2007 7 68 1 9
2006 14 69 9 4
2005 3 67 6 12
2004 0 68 3 13
2003 3 69 12 13
2002 4 73 5 10
London region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 19 88 5 5
2008 18 90 7 7
2007 15 118 4 4
2006 21 111 6 14
2005 27 143 10 29
2004 20 141 11 19
2003 15 117 3 25
2002 24 126 14 30
West Midlands region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 7 80 5 5
2008 3 74 7 7
2007 10 121 4 4
2006 15 117 6 14
2005 8 112 10 29
2004 19 138 11 19
2003 8 127 n j 25
2002 18 147 14 30
East Midlands region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 5 46 3 5
2008 2 51 0 5
2007 1 59 1 1
2006 3 59 3 7
2005 4 58 5 10
2004 5 75 7 14
2003 8 76 8 9
2002 10 74 7 23
Yorkshire and Humber region
Number
Yorkshire and Humber region Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 5 78 1 7
2008 3 99 3 16
2007 7 89 0 9
2006 7 108 3 15
2005 3 143 7 37
2004 2 151 3 29
2003 3 176 14 27
2002 5 138 5 24
North West region
Number
Third party requests All referrals Called-in Article 14
2009 0 63 3 7
2008 3 114 6 13
2007 2 82 3 7
2006 7 118 14 24
2005 3 142 9 25
2004 1 163 16 33
2003 1 181 12 29
2002 2 184 16 29

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