§ Mr. Anthony Grant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish details of the number of planning appeals in the last three years considered by his Department, the number allowed and rejected, the number which were the subject of a public inquiry, the number of planning applications called in by his Department and the average length of time taken in reaching a decision in each case.493W
§ Mr. Guy Barnett
The information requested concerning planning appeals
1974 1975 1976 Number received 13,324 11,690 11,656 Number allowed 2,715 2,920 2,717 Number dismissed 9,483 8,566 6,536 Number where a local inquiry was held 2,716 3.078 2,854 Average length of time to reach a decision: Decision by Secretary of State after a local inquiry 80 weeks 73 weeks 55 weeks Decision by Secretary of State after written representations 56 weeks 55 weeks 45 weeks Decision by Inspector after a local inquiry 65 weeks 50 weeks 30 weeks Decision by Inspector after written representations 38 weeks 34 weeks 24 weeks
The numbers of planning applications called in during 1974, 1975 and 1976 were 120, 85 and 80, respectively.
Information about the average length of time taken to reach a decision on called-in planning applications is not available.