Individual Government Offices have Planning Casework teams which, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, deal with decisions on whether to call-in planning applications referred under the Departure, Green Belt, Shopping, Flooding and Playing Field Directions and requests to call-in, for her own determination.
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Following a review of how planning and highways casework is handled by Government Offices, and to ensure that the Secretaries of State can continue to offer an efficient and quality service, it has been decided that some case types will now be handled by centralised Teams.
The Government Office for the East of England will continue to handle the following planning casework:
- Shopping Referrals
- Playing Field Referrals
- Green Belt Directions
- Flooding Directions
- Crown Development
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Lee Valley Regional Park Act 1966 Referrals