HC Deb 16 November 1990 vol 180 c248W
Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the average length of time taken to deal with planning appeals relating to(a) minerals extraction other than opencast coal mining and (b) opencast coal.

Mr. Atkins

The latest information available is for the financial year 1989–90 and is as follows:

Case type Number of cases decided Median time from start to decision (weeks)
(a) Minerals appeals other than open cast coal 49 37
(b) Open-cast coal appeals 9 40