Planning Permission: Greater London

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department uses to call in major planning applications in London.

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

The Secretary of State’s approach to calling in planning applications in England is set out in various Written Ministerial Statements to this House in particular on 26 October 2012 (column 72WS). The Written Ministerial Statement states that the “Secretary of State will, in general, only consider the use of his call in powers if planning issues of more than local importance are involved”. The Written Ministerial Statement sets out examples of reasons why applications could be called in such as the application may conflict with national policies on important matters or could have significant effects beyond their immediate locality. However, each case will continue to be considered on its individual merits.

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