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Unauthorised Development

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st October 2011.

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Photo of Lorraine Fullbrook Lorraine Fullbrook Conservative, South Ribble 2:30 pm, 31st October 2011

What plans he has to increase the powers of local authorities to deal with unauthorised development.

Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Localism Bill includes five provisions aimed at strengthening local planning authorities’ powers to tackle unauthorised development.

These include restrictions on the use of retrospective planning applications when an enforcement notice has been served and the ability of councils to take action against unauthorised development that has been concealed deliberately.

Photo of Lorraine Fullbrook Lorraine Fullbrook Conservative, South Ribble

Does my right hon. Friend agree that unauthorised developments have created tensions between Travellers and the settled population and consequently created community dysfunction?

Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

My hon. Friend makes a very reasonable point. The Traveller community has managed to live side by side with the settled community for many years, but recent changes in planning law and recent reliance on human rights have created a number of difficulties. We will be issuing some revised guidance very soon, which will complement the Localism Bill.