Planning Permissions and Unauthorised Developments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 26th January 2022.

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Photo of Jonathan Gullis Jonathan Gullis Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent North 4:18 pm, 26th January 2022

I thank my right hon. Friend. He will know that, when it comes to giving local authorities more powers, it is about tackling not just retrospective planning, but those who own buildings, especially heritage buildings, that they are allowing to fall into a state of disrepair by being either a rogue landowner or an absentee property owner. I have introduced the Planning (Proper Maintenance of Land) Bill—not a very sexy title, I accept—which seeks to increase the fines in section 216 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. I have obviously been lobbying the Minister relentlessly, and I could not waste this opportunity to ask him to confirm at the Dispatch Box that, like that of my hon. Friend Gareth Bacon, my ten-minute rule Bill is certainly being considered as part of the planning reforms.