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Highways Agency planning guidance to boost development

Fri 13th September 2013, 11:01 am

Large scale developments alongside motorways and major A roads will become more likely to receive planning permission, according to new planning guidance by the Highways Agency.

By easing restrictions currently in place, the agency hopes developers and local authorities will find it easier to move forward large schemes.

Key changes include:

  • Easing restrictions on new access roads and junctions on motorways. This will assist local authorities and developers to deliver strategic growth by unlocking access to large sites near motorways and major A-roads.
  • Removing the need for developers to pay for mitigation measures unless the impacts of their proposals are severe; and reducing the scale of any work that may be required as a consequence.
  • A commitment to support the delivery of developments that have been approved in a Local Plan. This will give certainty to local authorities and developers that their proposals can be realised.

Transport secretary Stephen Hammond said: “I believe that making planning decisions easier and quicker will lead to local economic growth and the creation of jobs, leading to greater prosperity. 

"This policy delivers in cutting unnecessary red tape and making the planning process simpler and more straightforward for everybody involved.”

The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It is charged with maintaining and improving motorways and strategic roads in England. 

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