The planning system would be overloaded if all development, however insignificant, had to be processed formally by the local planning authorities. The great majority of potential applications for minor development are, as a matter of public policy, removed from the requirement to apply for permission by the provision in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which allows planning permission to be granted by the Secretary of State under secondary legislation, through a statutory instrument known as a development order1. The government has used this provision to enact a series of general development
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