Town and country planning – Permission for development. Directive (EC) 2008/50 of the European Parliament and Council created an obligation to prepare and implement an air quality plan, and no other measure was necessary to ensure fulfilment of the obligations. In particular, the Planning Court rejected the claimants' contention that the Secretary of State's designation as competent authority under the Directive included a responsibility which extended to the use of the power to call in planning applications.