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

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