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Housing and Planning Bill: Plans to change who can process planning applications

One of the most interesting proposed amendments revealed in the third hearing of the Housing and Planning Bill last week is to enable the Secretary of State to ‘make provision for a planning application that falls to be determined by a specified local planning authority in England to be processed, if the applicant so chooses, not by that authority but by a designated person’.

The amendment will enable the Secretary of State to establish a series of pilot schemes where applicants can choose whether they would like their application to be processed by the relevant local authority or by an ‘alternative provider’. Determination of the application will remain with the local authority.

The Bill will now be debated in the House of Lords.

Sources:
www.Out-Law.com
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/housingandplanning.html

 

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