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Four London councils could face “special measures”

Wed 31st July 2013, 2:39 pm

Four London planning authorities are at threat of having certain planning powers removed, figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show.

These authorities find themselves in this position for consistently taking too long to decide on major planning applications, or because they have not provided sufficient details on their planning performance.

According to new rules, if over 70 per cent of decisions take over 13 weeks between July 2011 and June 2013, developers are allowed to submit planning applications for major developments directly to the planning inspectorate.

The authorities who have consistently taken too long to reach a decision are the London Boroughs of Barnet and Lambeth.  

Authorities that are at risk of receiving the measures because they have failed to provide planning performance data for at least seven quarters are the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Lewisham.

DCLG is expected to announce in October which authorities are to face the special measures, when figures for the entire two year period have been finalised.

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