Technical consultation on planning

Wide ranging proposals are being made with the aim to make it easier for communities to devise neighbourhood plans, help builders get onto sites with planning permission without delay and reduce bureaucracy and red tape.

The proposals include requiring local planning authorities to decide whether to designate certain neighbourhood areas within 10 weeks and remove the minimum 6-week consultation and publicity period. But parish and town councils and neighbourhood forums would still need to consult and win a local referendum on the final neighbourhood plan or Order.

Current permitted development rights presently allow offices to be converted into new homes which the proposals now  intend to put on a permanent footing, and make the conversion of empty and redundant buildings into homes easier and reduce delays.

To benefit the high street, it is intended to further relax rules on non retail uses while excluding Payday loan shops and betting shops from a new wider "retail class" to permit councils greater control over the effects of such shops.

Additionally EU directives will be reduced noting the unnecessary screening by environmental impact assessments which presently increase the time and cost of getting permission.

Finally, there are proposals to streamline and make more flexible the way major infrastructure projects are planned

Date: 31/07/2014 Date of publication

Author: DCLG

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 7.1


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