§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment on how many occasions in the current parliamentary Session he has had local authority planning applications referred to him which contravened both the local county structure plan and the local rural areas plan; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
[holding answer 8 March 1991]: Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
At present, local authorities are required to report to my right hon. Friend only those proposals which would materially conflict with or prejudice the implementation of the development plan. In 1990 local authorities reported to my right hon. Friend 278 proposals which, in their opinion, materially conflicted with a development plan.