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Government aims to ease planning application process

 

19 February 2013

The Government has unveiled a public consultation process to examine how the some of the details of the planning process can be made more straight-forward. And it is keen to hear the views of self builders – who now have just two weeks to submit their suggestions.

Planning Minister Nick Boles said: "We are determined to cut away unnecessary burdens and paperwork and provide a simpler, swifter planning system for all. The small changes we are proposing are another step in streamlining an application process that for too long has been weighed down by the need to provide irrelevant information and detail".

Comments  

 
#2 Ted Stevens 2013-02-25 09:25
Some planners impose Conditions that demand numerous reports and surveys to support every application, and have little understanding that these can add thousands of pounds to the cost of a self build project. They might be appropriate for a major housing scheme or a huge supermarket. But are they really always needed on applications for a single home? If there was less pointless red tape, more projects would proceed and that can only be good for the wider economy
 
 
#1 Craig Strachan 2013-02-20 12:41
Anything that eases (or removes) barriers to getting more self builds on the ground has to be a good thing, lets hope this starts things in the right direction...
 

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