HC Deb 23 January 2003 vol 398 c459W
Mrs. Calton

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce the same rights of appeal for objectors and applicants within the planning system. [92710]

Mr. McNulty

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has no plans to introduce a right of appeal for objectors against the decision of a local planning authority in determining an application for planning permission. The views of interested parties are taken into account in drawing up development plan policies and when reaching decisions on individual planning applications. The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill contains measures which will make the planning system more accessible and transparent, and give greater opportunities for local residents and third parties to participate more effectively in the planning process as a whole.