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Government Proposals to extend the life of Planning Permissions
Five years – three years – five years? The Government has just realised that its decision to reduce the life of planning permissions to three years might have been wrong in the current economic climate.
Non-material changes to Planning Permissions
The Courts have ruled that once a planning permission was granted, it was not possible to make any changes meaning that even if minor “non-material” alterations were needed, a fresh planning application had to be made. The Government proposes to change this via Section 190 of the Planning Act 2008.
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Community Infrastructure Levy: Problems for Section 106
Last month the Government published the detailed regulations to govern the Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”). Whilst, thankfully, many of the criticisms made by the development industry to the previous draft regulations have been taken on board, the regulations have the potential to significantly impact upon the way Local Authorities currently use Section 106 Agreement to fund the delivery of infrastructure.
Flexibility or Frustration?
On 1 October 2009 the government introduced a series of measures aimed at ensuring that delays in the planning system did not hinder the economic recovery. Take up has been low (in part due to the interim fee requirements) as developers and Local Authorities have struggled to assess and interpret the scope of the individual provisions.
PPS 4 Published
On 29 December 2009, with surprisingly little fanfare, the Government published the long awaited Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth (PPS). PPS 4 represents the government’s key planning policy aimed at achieving its overriding objective of sustainable economic growth.
Tories’ Open Source Planning
The Conservative party has published its long heralded Green Paper “Open Source Planning.” The paper promises radical change to the planning system to reinvigorate the construction and development industries.

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