One of the most relevant points to come out of the Budget 2015 for the construction industry is that of automatic planning permissions which is likely to be granted on all brownfield sites deemed "suitable" under a new "zonal system" across the UK.
According to a 90-page blueprint called ‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation', which is due to be released today, proposals will include much stronger compulsory purchase powers to build on brownfield land, while extra powers will be given to the Mayors of both London and Manchester.
The government also intends to grant itself the power to penalise local authorities that make fewer than 50% of planning decisions on time.
Although this sounds promising on the surface, many people are worried that by penalising local councils for not making planning decisions on time, it would lead to them not taking local peoples thoughts into consideration. Business Secretary Sajid Javid has attempted to reassure the sceptics by stating "Local people will still have control over planning, the point of this is to make sure we build more homes, that local people are still rightly involved in those decisions and we find ways to speed it up."
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you believe this will help speed up the planning process for local authorities or do you believe this to be a step towards the nationalisation of all planning decisions?
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Planning applications submitted throughout the UK are able to be challenged by members of the public for a wide variety of reasons. However, how this is best achieved is generally unclear and can be extremely daunting to the uninitiated. We are planning consultants who specialise in helping people to get their views heard during the planning application phase of building and development projects. We currently cover the English and Welsh planning systems - which are governed by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (As amended) and by various National Planning Policy Guidance, along with statute and related policies. Local plans and planning authorities also have their own individual planning policies that add additional layers of complexity to the objection and representation process.
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