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GOVERNMENT ISSUES PROPOSALS TO UPDATE AND IMPROVE PLANNING ENFORCEMENT APPEAL PROCEDURES

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Proposals to update and improve the system of planning enforcement ...
Proposals to update and improve the system of planning enforcement

appeal procedures were published today for consultation.

In answer to a parliamentary question from Michael Jabez Foster MP

(Hastings and Rye), planning minister Beverley Hughes said:

'I have today issued a consultation paper with proposals to improve

the effectiveness and efficiency of processing planning enforcement

appeals in England. Comments are invited by 18 February 2000.

'The improvements are proposed as part of the government's continuing

drive to modernise and streamline the planning system. The proposals

are intended to improve the planning inspectorate's service to its

customers. They aim to increase the efficiency of the enforcement

appeals process in the interests of all involved by reducing the time

taken to determine appeals and standardise procedures between

enforcement appeals and ordinary planning appeals wherever

practicable.'

NOTES

1. This paper is mainly concerned with changes to procedures for

determining enforcement appeals made under section 174 of the Town

and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning and

Compensation Act 1991. The Town and Country Planning

(Enforcement)(Inquiries Procedure) Rules 1992 and the Town and

Country Planning (Enforcement Notices and Appeals)Regulations 1991

(as amended by SI 1992/1904 and SI 1992/1492) apply to these

appeals. Some of them are dealt with by means of a hearing, to

which the enforcement hearing code of practice applies.

2. Copies of the consultation paper can be obtained from the

following address: DETR Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby, West

Yorkshire, LS 23 7NB. Tel: 0870 1226 236. Fax: 0870 1226 237.

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