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Kiely suggests national portal for self-build registers

Date: 11/3/2016

Proposals in the ntechnical consultation on the Housing and Planning Bill would place a duty on councils to publish registers of small sites put forward by landowners in a move intended to help boost self-build housing.

Mike Kiely, Chair of the Board at the Planning Officers' Society, told a Planning magazine reporter that the requirement would not involve much extra work for authorities but questioned the purpose of the register: "It looks like councils will just be facilitating a list of sites that landowners put forward," he said. "It may cause confusion because people may think councils are endorsing these lists, but we won't be promoting these sites for development."

Kiely said it would be more useful if the government created a central, national portal where builders from all parts of the country could search for sites, rather than have separate registers covering "relatively small administrative areas".

MikeKiely3web.jpg Mike Kiely

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