HC Deb 14 November 1979 vol 973 c660W
64. Mr. Gummer

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has to reduce the time taken in dealing with planning applications.

Mr. Fox

We are proposing to reduce the duplication of development control functions between counties and districts; we are considering with the local authority associations and the statutory undertakers the introduction of time limits on consultations about planning applications; and we are considering what extensions can be made to permitted development to reduce the number of planning applications which have to be considered.