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Travellers: Caravan Sites

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals involving Gypsy and Traveller site (a) planning applications and (b) enforcement actions Mr Clive Kirkbride has determined in each year since his appointment; and how many such appeals have been (i) allowed and granted permission in favour of the Gypsy or Traveller site and (ii) refused permission.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The following table shows the number of planning and enforcement appeals decided by Clive Kirkbride each year, since his appointment at the end of 2002.

  Planning appeals Enforcement appeals
Number allowed Number refused Number allowed Number refused
2007 1
2010 1 4 1

These results should be read in conjunction with the Introduction to the section of the Planning Inspectorate's Statistical Report for 2010-11 that shows the percentage allowed and dismissed by Inspector. In particular:

All cases are considered on their individual merits, and on the basis of the evidence submitted;

Inspectors do not select their own casework, and all work on a variety of case types; and

Inspectors are rigorously trained to ensure that they develop and maintain the skills necessary to undertake the work that they are given. These skills will influence the type of cases they deal with.


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