HC Deb 05 December 1978 vol 959 cc642-3W
Mr. John Ellis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment under what provisions of the Town and Country Planning Acts local authorities are required to consider all relevant representations submitted to them before coming to a decision.

Mr. Guy Barnett:

Section 29 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 requires a local planning authority, in dealing with an application for planning permission, to have regard to the provisions of the development plan, so far as material to the application, and to any other material consideration. It is for the local planning authority to decide whether any representations made to it constitute material considerations.