The Growth & Infrastructure Bill has been published to bring forward the legislative detail of some of the headline measures jointly announced by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister on 6 September.
The measures are mainly of a technical nature and include:
- Allowing the reconsideration of economically unviable ‘Section 106’ agreements for affordable housing provision.
- Cutting back the volume of paperwork which applicants have to submit with a planning application.
- Restricting town and village green applications being made when a planning application is submitted, has been approved or the land is allocated for development. Also allowing land owners to make regular simplified declarations to the registration authorities that the land is not common land even when it is accessible to the public.
- Making it easier to stop up or divert highways and public footpaths at the same time as planning permission is granted.
- Implementing the recommendations from the ‘Penfold’ review to remove other over-lapping development consent regimes, where multiple permissions from different government agencies are required on top of planning permission; and
- Allowing centralised decisions where a local authority has been designated as having a record of very poor performance. Decisions will be taken in twelve months from the start of examination. Existing requirements to consult local communities are retained.
The Bill can be viewed here
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Written by Nick Sutcliffe