Quarrying: Planning Permission

(asked on 26th January 2018) - View Source

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Sections 70a and 70b of the Town and County Planning Act 1990 (as amended), what estimate he has made of the number of overlapping and subsequent minerals applications, commonly known as twin track minerals applications, that have been submitted since 2011.


Answered by
Dominic Raab Portrait
Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
This question was answered on 5th February 2018

The Secretary of State has made no such estimate.

In respect of “twin track” minerals applications, the Hon Member may wish to know that under section 70B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, a local planning authority can decline to determine an application for planning permission. This may be when it has been made either on the same day as a similar application or when particular conditions apply in relation to a similar application, such as where that similar application is under consideration by the Secretary of State on appeal and the Secretary of State has not issued his decision.

An application is similar to another application if a local planning authority think that the development and the land to which the applications relate are the same or substantially the same.

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