London Paramount development: scream if you want (planning) to go faster…

By Rebecca Roffe

Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, has declared the proposed theme park development by London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) known as ‘London Paramount’ to be a development of national significance for which development consent is required under the Planning Act 2008. This means that LRCH can apply directly to the secretary of state for consent, rather than approaching the relevant local authority for planning permission.

This is the first commercial development to secure a direction, the regime having first been implemented to progress major infrastructure such as transport, energy and waste projects. Commercial developments (including offices, R&D facilities, industrial processes and storage units) will now be approved for the regime if they are deemed by the secretary of state to be of ‘national significance’. What this means will differ in each case, but relevant factors include the size of the development and its impact on growth or the overall economy…

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