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 Gareth Bacon Gareth Bacon Conservative, Orpington 4:18 pm, 26th January 2022

The Minister is completely correct in what he has just outlined. The problem, however, is that this all takes time. It takes time to get a court appearance and it takes time for the injunction to be issued. Injunctions can very often be ignored, and further legal action has to take place to issue stop notices or other such action. All the while, development continues and the landscape continues to get scarred, local residents continue to get very anxious, and more time and money is being spent by the council. Would the Minister acknowledge that this is in fact part of the problem, and would he concede that this could be looked at in future, potentially as part of the planning Bill when it comes to the House?