Planning Permissions and Unauthorised Developments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 26th January 2022.

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Photo of Gareth Bacon Gareth Bacon Conservative, Orpington 4:04 pm, 26th January 2022

My right hon. and gallant Friend is, of course, completely correct.

The consequence of the situation I have described is that many rogue developers bypass our planning system, gambling that enforcement action against them will be too slow and that, once built, their unauthorised development will be approved regardless. This is infuriating for the local residents who have to live alongside the developments. It is also frustrating for those who have played by the rules and sought planning permission themselves only to see others bypass the process.