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Planning Update Summer 2015

For those of you who may have missed it, The Chancellor of the Exchequer made reference in his budget speech to the Governments recently published document on the 10th July  ’Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’.  Essentially, this is the government’s productivity plan which identifies the planning system as being a key constraint to improving productivity. It focuses on improving the rate of building on brownfield land, and on penalising local planning authorities that fail to get a local plan adopted or are slow to make planning decisions.

The proposals in the section ‘Stimulate growth and productivity in rural areas’ include the following:

  • reviewing the current threshold for agricultural buildings to convert to residential with the aim of creating more housing
  • helping rural communities to allocate land for Starter Homes developments, including through neighbourhood plans
  • extending permitted development rights to taller mobile masts
  • considering supporting the installation of fixed high speed broadband infrastructure in National Parks
  • encouraging towns and districts within rural areas to work with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to produce bids to become an Enterprise Zone.

There are likely to be further announcements over the next few months so we will continue to advise our clients as and when more changes occur.