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Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

Section 43: Power to decline to determine applications

66.Section 43 extends a local planning authority's existing powers to decline to determine applications for planning permission. It also applies to applications for listed building consent and conservation area consent and the prior approval of a local planning authority for development which is permitted by virtue of a development order.

67.A local planning authority's existing powers allow it to decline to determine an application for planning permission which is the same or substantially the same as an application which, within the previous two years, the Secretary of State has called in and refused, or which the Secretary of State has dismissed on appeal.

68.The section allows a local planning authority to refuse to determine a planning application where it has refused two similar applications and there has been no appeal to the Secretary of State in the two year period preceding the submission of the application.

69.In addition, the section allows an authority to decline to determine an application if they think that it is similar to another application which has not been finally determined (either by the authority or on appeal by the Secretary of State).

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