Question to Eric Pickles


Lorraine Fullbrook: What plans he has to increase the powers of local authorities to deal with unauthorised development?

Eric Pickles (Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Brentwood and Ongar, Conservative)

The Localism Bill includes five provisions aimed at strengthening local planning authorities’ powers to tackle unauthorised development.

These include restrictions on the use of retrospective planning applications when an enforcement notice has been served and the ability of councils to take action against unauthorised development that has been concealed deliberately.