§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions in each of the last five years he has permitted residential development which took the total dwellings for a sub-plan area beyond his own recommendations.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 12 November 1990]: This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Figures for housing provision in development plans will carry weight as material considerations in the determination of planning applications and appeals, but they are not necessarily overriding. Each case has to be decided on its particular merits, and all relevant material considerations must by statute be taken into account.