Planning Permission: Rural Areas

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to reduce the average time taken to grant planning permission for employment purposes in rural areas.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

All local planning authorities, including those in rural areas, have targets within which to determine planning applications (60 per cent. within 13 weeks for major applications, 65 per cent. and 80 per cent. within eight weeks for minors and others). Authorities have been steadily improving their performance to meet these targets; recent data show that 84 per cent. of authorities met all three key performance targets over the year April 2007 to March 2008.

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