Travellers: Caravan Sites

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals related to Gypsy and Traveller sites were recovered for a decision by the Secretary of State in each of the last five years.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

A planning recovery entails the appeal being decided by Ministers directly, rather than the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State.

13 traveller site appeals were recovered in 2010, 11 in 2011, 53 in 2012, 36 in 2013 and 15 in 2014.

As outlined in previous Written Ministerial Statements, in recent years, the recovery criteria has been intentionally changed to consider recovering more appeals in specific areas, including those relating to traveller sites in the Green Belt.

Overall, in 2013-14, 0.9% of planning and enforcement appeals were decided by Ministers.

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