Monday, 30 September 2013

Blaby DC To Lose Control Of Planning Decisions?

Three councils face losing control of local planning decisions to government inspectors, after they took too long to process decisions over a two-year period, statistics out today reveal.
Blaby, Halton and Worthing district councils determined less than 30 per cent of major planning decisions within 13 weeks.
Under the National Planning Policy Framework, the government can now place them in special measures, meaning developers could apply for major decisions to be taken by planning inspectors instead.
The Communities and Local Government department is yet to confirm whether they will take this action, and will give councils the chance to explain any exceptional circumstances first.

The Local Government Association has previously branded the approach as ‘fundamentally flawed’ and ‘absolutely wrong’.
A CLG spokesperson said: ‘Slow planning decisions are bad for communities and business and delay much needed investment in the homes, jobs and facilities that people want and need. Developers and communities investing time and energy in a project should understandably have confidence their application will be processed in a timely fashion.
‘By focussing the spotlight on performance we have seen it improve dramatically with only three district councils now at risk of being designated. The deterrent of designation is working.’

The department said local plans would remain the focus for where development should go, even if designated.
It expects to confirm decisions by the end of October.

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