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NEW REGULATIONS ON PLANNING ENFORCEMENT APPEALS ANNOUNCED

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New measures to require environmental assessment for certain types of planning enforcement appeals were announced t...
New measures to require environmental assessment for certain types of planning enforcement appeals were announced today by planning minister Paul Beresford.

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Assessment and Unauthorised Development) Regulations 1995, (SI 1995/2258) apply to enforcement appeals in England and Wales where the alleged breach of control involves certain specified classes of development with potentially significant environmental effects.

The regulations make enforcement appeal procedures correspond with planning application and appeal procedures which already require environmental assessment, under the Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1988, (SI 1988/1199).

In practice, only a very few enforcement appeals annually are expected to come within the scope of these provisions.

The cost to business should be insignificant and the procedures no more onerous than the existing requirements for proposed development.

DoE Circular 13/95 (Welsh Office 39/95), The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Assessment and Unauthorised Development) Regulations 1995, gives guidance to local planning authorities and appellants on the application and effects of the new regulations. It can be obtained from HMSO Bookshops, ISBN 0-11-753165-0 price £4.50. Tel: 0171 873 9090.

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