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Planning: Right-to-build vote threshold cut

Measures which allow local authority planning rules to be ignored have been revised by the UK Government

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said he has strengthened the Tory-Lib Dem coalition’s Community Right to Build policy by reducing the voting majority threshold under which the planning process can be circumvented.

If 75 per cent of local people vote for a rural development then official planning permission would not be needed for it, instead of the original 90 per cent threshold, Shapps said.

The revised plan is expected to form part of the Localism Bill later this year.

Specially set up community groups will be able to influence whether any development needed official consent.

Shapps said: ‘I’ve listened to the views of the public that responded strongly to our consultation, and I believe this threshold strikes the right balance between enabling communities to go ahead with their plans for expansion, while at the same time ensuring the support of the overwhelming majority of the wider community.

‘And I hope it gives rural towns and villages across the country the prompt they need to prepare for a new right to build as a solution to the housing challenges they face.’

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