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Overhaul of planning system to make it simpler and quicker

Posted: 9th August 2012   In: Commercial Property

The Government has announced further changes to the planning system to make it simpler and quicker to use.

The measures include making it easier to re-use some existing buildings without the need for planning permission. This would include the ‘meanwhile’ use of vacant commercial premises for purposes such as helping start-up businesses.

There are also several measures to speed up planning decisions and streamline the amount of paperwork required.

A Government statement highlights the main proposals which include:

Planning Minister Greg Clark said: "Following the simplification of the national planning policy in the National Planning Policy Framework, these proposed changes streamline the process of applying for planning permission.

"Our aim is to have a system that applicants and members of communities can be confident will give a reliable, swift and fair outcome."

The proposals are now subject to public consultation. We shall keep clients informed of developments.