Press release

First application under planning performance measures decided

The first application submitted under the Government’s planning performance measures has been decided on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Section 62A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows applications for planning permission and reserved matters consent to be made directly to the Secretary of State where they involve major development and the Local Planning Authority for the area has been designated as a result of previous underperformance in handling major applications.

Outline planning application for construction of up to 220 new dwellings on land located to the North of Hospital Lane, to the South of Mill Lane and to the East of Bouskell Park, Blaby, Leicestershire was submitted by Gladman Developments Ltd on 23 April 2014.

The decision to refuse planning consent has been made within the statutory 13 weeks of the application being submitted and follows a period of public consultation which ended on 16 May 2014 and a hearing held on 17 June 2014 conducted by Jonathan G King an Inspector appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Simon Ridley, Chief Executive, The Planning Inspectorate said: “This is the first major planning application to be decided by the Planning Inspectorate since it was given responsibility under the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 to consider applications for major developments where a Local Planning Authority is designated.”

“After careful consideration of the application, the views expressed in over 650 representations submitted in writing and oral evidence given to the inspector at a public hearing, the decision to refuse was made within a deadline of 13 weeks.”

The decision and reasons can be found on the Planning Inspectorate, Major Planning Applications’ website

Ends

Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate’s Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or 0303 444 5082 or email: pressoffice@pins.gsi.gov.uk

More information on this application is available in the Planning Inspectorate, Major Planning Applications, website.

Notes to editors:

Major Applications (S62A)

Major Planning Applications in Local Planning Authority areas which have been designated due to poor performance.

Section 62A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows applications for planning permission and reserved matters consent to be made directly to the Secretary of State where they involve major development and the Local Planning Authority for the area has been designated for this purpose. Designations are made by the Secretary of State. Currently, designation is where 30% or fewer of an authority’s decisions on applications for major development were made within the statutory determination period (or such extended period as may have been agreed in writing with the applicant). Authorities dealing with very small numbers of major applications over each two year period may be exempt from designation.

Where a Local Planning Authority is designated, applications for major development can, if the applicant chooses, be made directly to the Secretary of State. The Planning Inspectorate will handle the applications on his behalf.

View submitted applications

Find out details, access documentation and track the progress of an application. When consultation periods are open representations can be made online. Shortly after a consultation period closes representations relating to that submission are also published.

Which Councils are designated?

Designations currently in place are:

District Councils

Blaby District Council designated with effect from 13 November 2013

County Councils

Trafford Council designated with effect from 30 May 2014 (Applies only to Minerals and Waste applications and not to district council functions)

Please note that County Council designations apply only to Minerals and Waste applications. In the case of a Unitary authority responsible for district and county functions, designations can be for either or both.

Further information on the designation can be found in DCLG’s announcement: Councils must provide an efficient planning service