§ Dr. Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek to amend the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 to require applicants for planning permission to extend residential property to notify the occupiers of neighbouring properties of their application.298W
§ Mr. Graham Page
The arrangements for publicity for planning applications are set out in Circular No. 71/73 issued in June this year. Where there is no statutory requirement for publicity it is the responsibility of local authorities to consider whether to notify owners or occupiers of neighbouring property or to ask applicants to display a site notice. The need for changes in the statutory requirements will be considered in the light of any recommendations made by Mr. George Dobry, QC, who is undertaking a review of the development control system and of experience in operating the arrangements in the circular.