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POWERS TO REVOKE PLANNING PERMISSION (HANSARD)

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In response to a question from Alan Beith (Lib Dem Berwick upon Tweed), planning minister Robert Jones said the env...
In response to a question from Alan Beith (Lib Dem Berwick upon Tweed), planning minister Robert Jones said the environment secretary had, since 1990, not used his discretionary powers to revoke and challenge planning permission for out-of-town or edge-of-town retail developments (WA 31 October col 191).

'The revocation of any planning permission is rare,' Mr Jones said.'

More usual was for applications to be called in once referred.

'An application for retail development in Alnwick Northumberland was not referred to my right hon friend and was granted permission in 1993. These circumstances will be examined at a local public inquiry and my right hon friend will then decide whether to invoke his powers,' Mr Jones said.
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