§ 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.