HC Deb 20 April 1972 vol 835 c150W
Mr. Money

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will introduce legislation restricting future grants of planning permission for housing development to a period of one year only, unless a building start is made within that period.

Mr. Graham Page

Authorities already have discretion to restrict the life of planning permissions to a short period such as a year where the circumstances warrant it. Legislation making such a restriction mandatory would require so many exceptions, for example, giving time to provide roads and sewers, that it is unlikely that it would materially accelerate development, which I assume is the effect my hon. Friend seeks to achieve.