HC Deb 17 May 1990 vol 172 c514W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland under what powers he considers appeals by regional authorities for the calling in of planning decisions by district councils; what are the limits of time required for such decisions; if provision is made for cases where the time limits cannot be kept; and if he will make a statement.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

Under the terms of section 179 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 a district planning authority may appeal to my right hon. and learned Friend against the calling in of a planning application by a regional planning authority. There is no statutory time limit on my right hon. and learned Friend for determining a call-in appeal. SDD circular 29/1988 advised planning authorities that my right hon. and learned Friend would normally reach his decision on an appeal against call-in within 21 days of receiving written statements from both planning authorities.

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