§ Mr. Walker-Smith
asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what steps he takes to satisfy himself that no undue waste of time or money arises from the scrutiny of applications for planning permission submitted by persons having no interest in the land such as to enable them to carry out the development even if permission is granted; and that the grant or refusal of planning permission in such cases does not prejudice the subsequent applications of persons having such an interest.
§ Mr. Silkin
I have no evidence of undue waste of time or money as a result of the scrutiny of irresponsible applications for planning permission. On the question of prejudice the grant of permission is not related to the applicant but to the type of development proposed and the decision once given is likely to362W be maintained if the development proposed is identical.