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Garden Communities: North Essex

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date will planning applications be accepted for the proposed North Essex Garden Communities; and what role will his Department play in the process.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Planning applications can be submitted to relevant local authorities at any time. The decision by a local authority must be taken in accordance with the development plan unless there are material considerations that indicate otherwise.

The Secretary of State would not routinely play a role in the decision making of a local authority, but does have the power to call-in an application for his own decision. This is subject to the criteria that the application conflicts with the national policy in important matters, or is nationally significant.

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