HC Deb 23 January 1989 vol 145 c461W
Mr. John Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to seek to make it an offence to start building works prior to obtaining planning permission.

Mr. Chope

This is one of the issues being considered by Mr. Robert Carnwath QC in his current review of local planning authorities' planning enforcement powers. My right hon. Friend will consider whether any amendment should be made in the light of Mr. Carnwath's recommendation on this issue.

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