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Peterborough City Market

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to assist local markets to remain in operation, with particular reference to Peterborough city market; and if he will make a statement. [50732]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Government policy is supportive of local markets. For example, paragraph 2.27 of Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning For Town Centres recognises the valuable contribution they can make to local choice and diversity in shopping as well as the vitality of town centres and to the rural economy.

Assistance to specific local markets (such as Peterborough's) is primarily a matter for the individual local councils concerned.

Planning Applications

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of planning applications were (a) refused, (b) appealed and (c) granted an appeal in each local authority in each of the last five years. [52667]

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Yvette Cooper: The information is published annually in table 2.3 of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Development Control Statistics, England". Copies are also available in the Library of the House (except the electronic-only editions from 2002–03) and all are available on the ODPM website. The full series is accessible from:

For 1999–2000 to 2003–04 the tables are found under the sub-heading list of tables". The 2004–05 edition will be completed shortly.

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the costs to each local authority were as a consequence of refusing planning applications that were subsequently granted on appeal in each of the last five years. [52668]

Yvette Cooper: The costs to a local authority of losing an appeal which it would not have had to respond to if it had allowed the application in the first place could only be calculated by the local authority. Therefore, the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Planning Inspectorate do not record individual costs awards against each local authority but they do record and publish summary statistics. In 2004–05 there were 338 awards against local planning authorities in England out of a total of 1,337 costs decisions. 37 per cent. of appellants that made an application for an award of costs were successful compared to 51 per cent. of local planning authority applications.

Planning Decisions

Anne Milton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of local authority decisions were overturned by the Planning Inspectorate in each of the past five years. [48711]

Yvette Cooper: The following table shows the total number of planning appeals in England determined by the Planning Inspectorate for the calendar years 2001 to 2005 together with the number allowed and percentage of appeals allowed.
Total decided14,03313,78418,02116,30721,830
Total allowed5,0225,1106,0135,4047,122
Allowed (Percentage)3637333333

Planning Guidance

Gregory Barker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) date and (b) subject matter was of each of his Department's (i) circulars and (ii) statements on planning and climate change policy sent to local and regional planning authorities in (A) 2003, (B) 2004 and (C) 2005. [54057]

Yvette Cooper: Climate change considerations are among the matters dealt with in a number of recent Planning Policy Statements in England. These include the following.
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2005PPS1Delivering Sustainable Development
2005PPS9Biodiversity and Geological Conservation
2005PPS25 (draft)Development and Flood Risk (at consultation)
2004PPS11Regional Spatial Strategies
2004PPS12Local Development Frameworks
2004PPS22Renewable Energy

In addition, in 2004 the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, together with the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government published for the information of planners and local authorities in Great Britain an overview of current thinking and the state of knowledge in the subject. This overview, The Planning Response to Climate Change—Advice on Better Practice", had been prepared by CAG Consultants of London and Oxford Brookes university.

Population Projections

Mr. Chope: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the projected increases in the population of England upon demand for housing. [50793]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 13 February 2006]: Interim 2002 based projections of additional households up to 2021 are published on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website (—object.asp?id=l156104). These show the number of additional households projected to form on the basis of the 2002 based population projections. For England about 190,000 additional households per year are projected between 2001 and 2021.

Regeneration Projects (Doncaster)

Edward Miliband: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Department on regeneration projects in the constituency of Doncaster North in each year since 1997. [50586]

Yvette Cooper: Listed as follows are the two strands of funding from ERF Objective 1 and the RDA.

Objective 1

Since 2000, Objective 1 South Yorkshire has invested almost £700 million in the South Yorkshire region, almost 80 per cent. of which has related to South Yorkshire-wide projects for the benefit of all local authority districts and people in the sub-region. This has resulted in the creation of over 17,000 jobs, support to over 7,000 existing businesses and the provision of skills and learning opportunities to over 150,000 people in the area.

Some small aspects of the programme are targeted on particular communities. In this respect, Doncaster is expected to receive something in the region of £12 million of European funds between 2000 and 2008 which will be matched by national funding programmes, making a total investment of around £25 million. We would estimate that around half of this will relate specifically to communities in the north of the borough, including areas such as, Highfields, Bentley, Thorne and Moorends and Stainforth.
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In addition Doncaster has received £3.7 million (£3.3 million capital/£400,000 revenue) from the Liveability Fund during the period 2003–04 to 2005–06 ESF funding:


Yorkshire Forwards spend for ODPM funding on regeneration type projects in Doncaster North is as follows.

This is split as follows:
Years to 2001(62)37,198,223

(62) This figure is funding from 1997 and includes legacy work inherited from the GO prior to the establishment of the RDAs in 1999.
(63) Forecast.

Of the total £138,406,219, £77,930,220 relates to SRB SY Coalfield Rounds 5/6.

Regional Assemblies

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what means regional assemblies in England are accountable to Government for the performance of their designated activities. [48044]

Yvette Cooper: Regional assemblies are required, prior to approval of central Government grant, to agree business plans setting out key activities supported by grant. Before individual grant payments are approved assemblies are required to submit a report on progress in the preceding claim period.

Regional Planning Authorities

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated annual cost will be of the proposed new national advice unit to assist regional planning authorities. [51103]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has made provisions to cover estimated initial annual running costs of approximately £1 million. Final costs will, of course, be dependent on the precise size of the unit and its location.

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