Government plans to allow more development without planning permission

By Kathryn Hampton

On 31 July 2014, the government published its ‘Technical Consultation on Planning’, setting out its proposals to improve the planning system by increasing efficiency and promoting growth and development.

The government wants to boost housing supply, revitalise the high street and make better use of existing buildings. The consultation builds on the government’s proposed three-tier planning system in which development is split into: (1) that which requires planning permission; (2) permitted development where prior approval is needed for certain issues; and (3) development that may go ahead without prior approval of the local planning authority (LPA).

Expanding permitted development rights and improving the use of planning conditions so that development can start more quickly once planning permission has been granted are two ways that the government plans to improve growth. It also proposes amendments to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) screening thresholds so that more development can go ahead without an EIA, reducing costs and delay to development. This article focuses on these three proposals…

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