Lords amendment: No. 199A, in page 156, line 45, at end insert—
(3) Notice of an application made under subsection (1) above shall be given to the local planning authority within whose area the building is situated at the same time that the application is submitted to the Secretary of State.
(4) In subsection (3) of this section "local planning authority" shall, in relation to a building in Greater London, include the Greater London Council.
Mr. Deputy Speaker
With this it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendments Nos. 200, 201, 203 and 204.
§ Mr. Fox
We accept that local planning authorities should be notified of applications under the new section 54(a). Indeed, we shall need to approach them to make sure that planning permission exists or is being sought for the alteration of the building in question or for the redevelopment of the site. I ask the House to agree to the amendment.
Lords amendment No. 200 is designed to make it clear that the contract referred to is the last contract that is made before building work starts and not, for example, a contract to prepare a scheme. As the intention of the new condition is to prevent premature demolition, there is no objection to the additional words. I ask the House to agree to the amendment.
Amendment No. 201 is required to correct a technical error in clause 56A(5). Amendment No. 203 is necessary to ensure that when a listed building enforcement notice has been served and listed building consent is subsequently granted under paragraph (6), the enforcement notice shall cease to have effect in relation to the works for which consent has been granted.
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Amendment No. 204 is a small but important amendment with which I ask the House to agree. While the advice of the appropriate council will be sought in the appropriate cases, it would defeat the object of speeding up consideration of applications for grants by delegating the administration of town schemes to selected participating authorities if the advice of the council had to be sought about every small grant because of the word "shall" which was in the earlier prints of the Bill.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Lords amendments Nos. 200 and 201 agreed to.