§ Mr. Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what statutory and non-statutory requirements and arrangements exist whereby a local authority must notify residents individually within a certain radius of new development.
§ Mr. Graham Page
The arrangements for publicity for planning applications are set out in Circular No. 71/73 issued in June this year. There is no requirement that residents within a prescribed distance of proposed development should be notified, but local authorities have a responsibility to consider whether to notify owners or occupiers of neighbouring property or to ask applicants to display a site notice. The requirements will be reviewed in the light of any recommendations made by Mr. George Dobry, Q.C., who is undertaking a review of the development control system, and of experience in operating the arrangements in the circular.