Government scrapping 'unnecessary' planning processes to speed up delivery of new homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Development, Housing, Local Government
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The government is to cut down on "unnecessary" planning processes in a bid to speed up the delivery of new homes.
The proposals will boost housebuilding and support businesses keen to expand by removing delays from the planning system, stopping "burdensome conditions" and cutting "costly red tape", the government claims.
Also outlined are intentions to make it a legal requirement for councils to have a local plan in place, which, the government believes, will ensure that local authorities engage with residents on where new homes, businesses and services should be located.
Just over three quarters of councils already have a local plan in place.
The new measures include a proposal to treat a planning application as approved when a council has failed to deal with it on time.
"These proposals mark an important next step in streamlining the planning system and ensuring it is able to work efficiently to support the development of new homes, infrastructure and jobs we need," said Planning Minister Nick Boles. "They will also ensure that communities are at the heart of the planning system and given the power to make the right decisions for their local area."