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Suggested Measures to Speed up the Planning Process Welcomed by POS, With a Note of Caution

Date: 4/12/2013

In announcing the new National Infrastructure Plan 2013 Lord Deighton indicated that some other measures relating to the normal planning application process were to be introduced.

John Silvester, Society Spokesperson, commented "Any new measures to help speed up the planning process and deliver growth are to be welcomed; provided that due diligence and environmental considerations are not sacrificed."

 The measures mooted by the Government  include:

  • A consultation on measures to improve plan making, including "introducing a statutory requirement to put a local plan in place".
  • New legislation so that "where a local authority has failed to discharge a [planning] condition on time, it will be treated as approved".
  • To prevent delays, a consultation on "proposals to reduce the number of applications where unnecessary statutory consultations occur". Key statutory consultees would also have to commit to a common service agreement.
  • Working with businesses and councils "to develop a pilot passing a share of the benefits of development directly to individual households".

The National Infrastructure Plan 2013 cites a list of the top 40 priority infrastructure investment schemes in England and Wales. 

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