Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Clause 1 — Planning Applications Directly to Secretary of State — 17 Dec 2012 at 17:45
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted for an option to make planning applications directly to the Secretary of State in areas where the local planning authority is deemed to be performing poorly.
The majority of MPs voted for an option to make planning applications directly to the Secretary of State, rather than local planning authorities, for example where the Secretary of State considers a local planning authority to be performing poorly.
MPs were considering the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 42, page 1, line 2, leave out clause 1.
Clause 1 of the Bill was titled Option to make planning application directly to Secretary of State which provides for planning applications directly to the Secretary of State rather than to designated local planning authorities (typically local councils). The Bill allows the Secretary of State to decide which local planning authorities these arrangements relate to and the explanatory notes to the Bill state the powers are intended to be used where authorities are deemed to be performing poorly.
Under clause 1 the Secretary of State is required publish the criteria to be used when deciding to designate a local planning authority under the act to allow applications which would otherwise be made to it to be made to the Secretary of State and to require the publication of any such designation made.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill
-  Clause 1 of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill as at the time of the vote
-  Explanatory notes to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||251 (+1 tell)||1||0||83.0%|
|Lab||0||210 (+2 tell)||0||82.2%|
|LDem||41 (+1 tell)||1||0||75.4%|
|Zac Goldsmith||Richmond Park||Con (front bench)||aye|