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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Development

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A review of architecture and the built environment has heaped praise on Croydon Council's approach to planning as an example of best practice.

The government-commissioned Farrell Review has compiled a report making 60 recommendations, among which is a call for a revolution in the planning system.

The report hailed the "proactive approach" of Croydon, using the borough as an example of anticipating, rather than responding to, the future needs of towns and cities.

For example, the council has a pre-application process which gets developers to present their schemes for discussion, resulting in speedier decisions, cost savings and higher quality developments.

Additionally, the council’s £50 million 'Connected Croydon' programme of infrastructure improvements provides a key focus in anticipating future development plans.

The review says: “It is worth considering Croydon as a case study for what can be achieved."

Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “Our planning officers should be extremely proud to have been recognised in the Farrell Review.

“It is testament to the pragmatic approach we have to planning in Croydon, which is the driving force behind setting the borough’s vision, and in shaping the borough’s long-term prospects for growth and prosperity.

“Our planning framework provides the vision and certainty for those who wish to invest in Croydon.”

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