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Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average period for a planning application from date of application to decision by the local authority over the last five years. [R] [13596]

Ms Keeble: The information available from the Department is the percentages of applications for planning permission and related consents which are decided within eight weeks, between eight and 13 weeks and in more than 13 weeks. These are shown in the table.

Local authority performance: England, 1996–97 to 2000–01

Decisions within eight weeksDecisions in eight to 13 weeksDecisions exceeding 13 weeks

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the latest annual figures for the number of planning applications under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in England and Wales by (a) region, (b) the number of applications passed, (c) the number sent to appeal and (d) the number of successful appeals; and if he will provide the same figures for the previous 10 years. [R] [13595]

Ms Keeble: The information for England is in the table. Figures for Wales are not held centrally on a consistent basis and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Planning applications(1) Appeals against refusal(2)
Government office regionDecidedGrantedRefusedReceivedDecidedAllowedPercentage of appeals allowed
North East16.715.
North West44.338.
Yorkshire and the Humber35.930.
East Midlands33.429.
West Midlands35.430.
East of England44.537.
South East68.
South West48.741.
England 365.4311.454.015.714.24.834
North East17.315.
North West49.342.
Yorkshire and the Humber40.934.
East Midlands36.731.
West Midlands39.
East of England49.740.
South East74.660.514.
South West54.
North East17.515.
North West53.
Yorkshire and the Humber42.734.
East Midlands40.
West Midlands41.534.
East of England55.343.511.
South East82.665.
South West60.747.713.

(1) Section 70 planning applications, i.e. excludes applications for listed building, advertisement and conservation area consents.

(2) Figures relate to the number of appeals against section 70 planning applications refused in the year, not the number of appeals received in the year

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Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the average period for the consideration of an appeal to a planning application, up to a refusal to grant consent, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 over the last five years. [R] [13593]

Ms Keeble: The provision of information on planning appeals is the responsibility of the Planning Inspectorate. I have asked the inspectorate's Chief Executive, Mr. Chris Shepley, to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from C. J. Shepley to Richard Younger-Ross, dated 14 November 2001:

PeriodWritten representationsHearingsInquiries

(3) April to September

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Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average cost is to the Government of hearing planning appeals under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990; and what is the (a) maximum and (b) minimum cost, for each of the last five years. [R] [13594]

Ms Keeble: The Planning Inspectorate has calculated the average unit cost of processing a section 78 inquiry by written representation in each of the last five financial years to be as follows:


The Inspectorate also effects section 78 appeals through hearings and inquiries. Unit costs for these activities have only been calculated for the previous two financial years, and are as follows.

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Section 78 hearings
Section 78 inquiries

Current methods of recording inspectorate activity do not provide for the calculation of a minimum and maximum cost in these periods.

Speed Cameras

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities do not have (a) speed cameras and (b) plans for their early introduction. [13494]

Mr. Jamieson: The numbers and locations of speed cameras in police force areas are not held centrally. A funding system is now available nationally that covers the

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cost of the purchase and operation of speed cameras and, therefore, removes the key obstacle for camera deployment. It is expected to take around two years for all police force areas wishing to join the scheme to do so.

Street Warden Funding

Mr. Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which local authorities in the north-west of England were successful in bidding for Street Warden funding; and which were unsuccessful. [13647]

Ms Keeble: The Government office for the north-west received 46 Street Warden bids. Nineteen bids, totalling more than £2.9 million and benefiting each of the region's five counties, received approval.

Organisations other than local authorities, eg housing associations, were eligible to apply under this DTLR-funded pilot scheme. The table shows the successful and unsuccessful bids, the lead agency and the bid area.

Lead agencyBid area
Successful bids
Bury MBCWhitefield
Chester Community Safety PartnershipBlacon and Lache
City of SalfordWinton and Little Hulton
Collingwood Housing AssociationSpath Lane and Knowle Park
Congleton BCAlsager
Derwent and Solway Housing AssociationWorkington
Hyndburn FIRSTHyndburn
Initiative BurnleyBurnley
Irwell Valley Housing AssociationSale West and Manor Avenue Estates
Lancaster City councilMorecambe
Liverpool Housing TrustWindmill Hill, Runcorn
New East Manchester Ltd.Ancoats and Miles Platting
Preston councilCallon, St. Matthews and Ribbleton
Riverside Housing AssociationPalacefields, Murdishaw, Halton Brook and Halwood Park, Runcorn
South Liverpool HousingSpeke and Garston
Stockport MBCStockport borough
Tameside MBCTameside
Trafford MBCLostock, Sale Moor, Broomwood
Vale Royal BCVale Royal
Unsuccessful bids
Blackpool BCIGrange Park, Mereside and George St./Caunce St.
Bolton Town Centre Ltd.Bolton
Bury MBCHuntley/Topping Fold
Carlisle City councilBotcherby, Raffles and Petterill Bank
CDS Housing AssociationCastlefields, Runcorn
Chester Community Safety PartnershipChester
Copeland BCSouth Whitehaven
Eden BCEden
Fylde BCSt. Annes, Lytham and Kirkham
Groundwork BlackburnBlackburn
Home Housing AssociationMaryport
Impact Housing AssociationWorkington
Knowsley MBCKirkby
Liverpool City councilNorth Liverpool
Macclesfield BCKnutsford, Macclesfield and Wilmslow
Manchester City councilManchester
Manchester HousingCheetham
Metropolitan borough of WirralBidston, Hoylake and Rockferry
Oldham councilOldham
Poynton and Worth parish councilPoynton
Riverside Housing AssociationLinacre
Rochdale MBCRochdale, Middleton, Heywood and Pennines
South Ribble BCSouth Ribble
St. Helens BCWest Sutton, Parr and Hardshaw and Grange Park
Tranmere Housing Regeneration Partnership—Maritime Housing AssociationTranmere
West Lancs DCWest Lancs
Wigan MBCWigan and Leigh

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