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SCRAP PLANNING 'FARCE' - PLAID CYMRU

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Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley is introducing a parliamentary bill to free local communities from the effect o...
Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley is introducing a parliamentary bill to free local communities from the effect of planning permission granted by old local authorities decades before.

Mr Wigley, MP for Caernarfon, is using the Commons 'behind the Chair' procedure to table his Bill, which would mean that such permission would lapse after ten years if the work is not complete by that time. The MP said in Westminster:

'Existing planning law can be farcical, producing notorious cases such as that at Morfa Bychan, Porthmadog, where planning permission for 800 holiday homes granted by the old Caernarfon County Council in the 1960s is still held to be valid toady, although not a single house has been built. This is based on the basis of a few kerbstones having been laid years ago.'

Mr Wigley's bill gives local authorities greater powers to cancel planning permission in such circumstances, and for there to be an automatic lapse of permission where work has not been completed within a ten-year period. The Plaid Cymru president said:

'This will enable local authorities to renew, vary, cancel or impose new conditions on part or all old planning consents and will enable them to control such developments. The spectacle of local councils being held captive to decisions taken years ago has become totally unacceptable.'
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