HC Deb 08 July 1974 vol 876 c380W
Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will consider an amendment to the General Development Order to call for the deposit of five copies of plans instead of four, one to be for the use of the community council.

Mr. Hall-Davis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to ensure that successor parish councils such as the Ulverston Town Council are adequately consulted in the consideration of planning applications, that detailed plans are made available to them, and give guidance to planning authorities to consult on a voluntary basis pending legislation.

Mr. Oakes

Under the Local Government Act 1972 any parish or community council which so requests has a right to be informed of and make representations on applications within its area. The method of notifying applications is for local arrangement. Circular 43/74 explains that applicants have not been asked to provide more than the three additional copies of applications and plans required by the current General Development Order, but that it is open to the district planning authority to arrange for the parish council to see these documents. These arrangements will be reviewed in the light of experience.

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