Government moots planning performance improvements
Wed 18th December 2013, 9:39 am
Ministers have unveiled a number of proposals to improve the planning performance of local authorities.
Chief among the proposed mechanisms, which were all outlined in the National Infrastructure Plan 2013, would be a statutory requirement to put local plans in place.
Currently 75 per cent of local authorities have adopted a local plan, but the government is looking to improve this number as it believes local plans provide certainty to developers.
Other proposals include:
- If a local authority fails to discharge a planning condition on time, the condition would be treated as approved;
- A scheme to provide a single point of contact when there is conflicting advice from statutory consultees;
- Reducing the number of applications where statutory consultations occur.
Read the National Infrastructure Plan 2013