Sporle reveals sharp drop in appeals inbox

The number of planning appeals being lodged has dropped dramatically since the deadline for submissions reverted to six months, it emerged this week.

Speaking at an RTPI fringe meeting at the sustainable communities summit, Planning Inspectorate chief executive Katrine Sporle said 300 fewer appeals were made in January than in December, showing that the revised deadline (Planning, 17 December 2004, p1) is "already beginning to bite". The backlog of appeals will be eliminated within the next couple of months, she predicted.

Sporle also set out details of the work programme for the review of householder development consents announced last week (Planning, 28 January, p2).

It will define the impact of householder development, determine whether the system is proportionate to its goals, assess whether it is customer friendly and study alternative ways of dealing with householder schemes, she said.

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