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First LPA to be put into ‘special measures’ for failing to meet targets on the processing of planning applications

Blaby District Council has become the first local planning authority (LPA) to be put into ‘special measures’ for failing to meet targets on the processing of planning applications.

In June 2013, in an attempt to speed up planning applications and prevent delays at a local level, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced its proposals for placing LPAs in this ‘special measures’ arrangement if they determine 30 per cent or fewer major applications on time, or if more than 20 per cent of major decisions are overturned on appeal.

The measures allow applicants to bypass the LPA by asking the Planning Inspectorate to make determinations instead…

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