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Can a local planning authority withdraw a valid planning application without the applicant agreeing?

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Published on LexisPSL on 14/01/2019

The following Planning Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a local planning authority withdraw a valid planning application without the applicant agreeing?

There is no express power in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for a local planning authority (LPA) to formally withdraw a planning application made by a third party applicant. However, certain LPAs have developed a practice of treating certain applications as formally withdrawn without the applicant’s consent, for example, where they have asked for further information relating to the proposed scheme which has not been provided. It is usually the case that an officer of an LPA will

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