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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will direct Stoke-on-Trent unitary authority to enforce the ruling by the then Secretary of State for the Environment on 27 October 1993 (ref APP/C/91/N3400/612522 M23/1/04) that land at Copshurst Quarry, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent should not be worked for marl extraction from that date or any future date.
Parliament has given local planning authorities the primary responsibility for taking whatever enforcement action may be necessary, in the public interest, in their administrative area. We consider that this should remain so.
The Government take breaches of planning control very seriously, and the Localism Bill includes a number of measures aimed at strengthening local planning authorities' powers to take enforcement action.