To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of new planning guidance on travelling showpeople's sites on appeals lodged before the new guidance comes into force; and whether such an appeal against a planning decision will be judged against the guidance that was in force at the time the application was made.
Our draft planning policy for Traveller sites was published for consultation last year and we are currently considering all the responses.
In the meantime, decision-makers are entitled to have regard to the fact that it is proposed to withdraw the circulars and replace them with the Government's draft new policy.
When a planning inspector makes a decision they will take into account all the evidence before them at the time the decision is made, including national planning policy that is extant at that time.
We intend to publish our new policy as soon as possible.