Planning Applications

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:17 am on 7th April 2010.

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Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Minister of State (the East of England), Regional Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (the East of England), Department for Communities and Local Government 11:17 am, 7th April 2010

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention. It is now even more difficult for me to comment on the case because it is going through the complaints procedure, the outcome of which we will have to await. I know that if the right hon. Gentleman is returned to this House, he will continue to pursue the matter.

It is vital that applications for planning permission are accompanied by sufficient information for the local planning authority, third parties and all others to be clear about what is proposed, and the likely impacts. To ensure that that happens, local authorities provide lists of local information requirements for planning applications, which are intended to provide certainty about the type of information required, and to ensure that that requirement is proportionate to the type and scale of the application. I realise that in this case something has gone wrong in the process. The case is, however, going through the complaints procedure, and I regret that I cannot comment any further on the matter that the right hon. Gentleman has brought to this House on behalf of his constituents.

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stu Hardwicke Carruthers
Posted on 8 Apr 2010 4:09 pm (Report this annotation)

The issues are deeply problematic as when the Council issues a planning notice it enters into a mortgage.

The Ombudsman will not seek to identify mortgage fraud by the Council. This is not covered by its insurance, and will based on experience identify that the Council has probably committed maladministration.